Sexual abuse of animals; definitions, penalty. (SB249)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sexual abuse of animals; penalty. Provides that any person who knowingly (i) engages in sexual contact with an animal; (ii) causes another person by force, threat, or intimidation to engage in sexual contact with an animal; (iii) advertises, solicits, offers, sells, purchases, or possesses an animal with the intent that the animal be subject to sexual contact; (iv) permits sexual contact with an animal to be conducted on any premises under his ownership or control; or (v) produces, distributes, publishes, sells, transmits, finances, possesses, or possesses with the intent to distribute, publish, sell, or transmit an obscene item depicting a person engaged in sexual contact with an animal is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that any person convicted of sexual abuse of an animal shall be prohibited from possessing, owning, or exercising control over any animal and may be ordered to attend an appropriate treatment program or obtain psychiatric or psychological counseling. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100190D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/13/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB249)
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB249)
01/25/2022Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (11-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2022Rereferred to Judiciary
01/31/2022Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/07/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22106117D-S1
02/07/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB249S1)
02/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB249S1)
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106117D-S1
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB249S1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/27/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/28/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
03/02/2022Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Committee substitute printed 22107253D-H1
03/03/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB249H1)
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB249H1)
03/04/2022Read second time
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107253D-H1
03/07/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB249H1
03/07/2022Passed House with substitute (97-Y 0-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Passage (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Title replaced 22107253D-H1
03/10/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB249ER)
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB249ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 594 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0594)

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The following bills are identical to this one: HB672.

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