Catalytic converters; tampering with, etc., penalty. (SB729)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) with support from co-patron Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Catalytic converters; penalties. Makes it a Class 6 felony for a person to willfully break, injure, tamper with, or remove any part or parts of any vehicle, aircraft, boat, or vessel for the purpose of injuring, defacing, or destroying said vehicle, aircraft, boat, or vessel, or temporarily or permanently preventing its useful operation, or for any purpose against the will or without the consent of the owner, or to in any other manner willfully or maliciously interfere with or prevent the running or operation of such vehicle, aircraft, boat, or vessel, when such violation involves the breaking, injuring, tampering with, or removal of a catalytic converter or the parts thereof. The bill also provides that prosecution for such felony is a bar to a prosecution or proceeding under the Code section prohibiting the injuring, etc., of any property, monument, etc., for the same act. Current law makes such violation a Class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, the bill requires that the copies of the documentation that scrap metal purchasers are required to maintain for purchases of catalytic converters or the parts thereof (i) establish that the person from whom they purchased the catalytic converter or the parts thereof had lawful possession of it at the time of sale or delivery and (ii) detail the scrap metal purchaser's diligent inquiry into whether the person selling had a legal right to do so. The bill also requires that such documentation be maintained for at least two years after the purchase and that copies be made available upon request to any law-enforcement officer, conservator of the peace, or special conservator of the peace in the performance of his duties who presents his credentials at the scrap metal purchaser's normal business location during normal business hours. This bill incorporates SB 41 and is identical to HB 740.


Bill Has Passed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104804D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/21/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB729)
01/31/2022Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/07/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22106001D-S1
02/07/2022Incorporates SB41 (Spruill)
02/08/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB729S1)
02/09/2022Read second time
02/09/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106001D-S1
02/09/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB729S1
02/10/2022Read 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
02/22/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/23/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/23/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/25/2022Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Committee substitute printed 22106963D-H1
02/25/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB729H1)
02/28/2022Read second time
03/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB729H1)
03/01/2022Read third time
03/01/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106963D-H1
03/01/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB729H1
03/01/2022Passed House with substitute (72-Y 28-N)
03/01/2022VOTE: Passage (72-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Passed by for the day
03/04/2022House substitute rejected by Senate (5-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022House insisted on substitute
03/07/2022House requested conference committee
03/08/2022Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2022Senators: Surovell, Ruff, Spruill
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Bell, Williams, Carr
03/12/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/12/2022Conference substitute printed 22107918D-S2
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by House (57-Y 38-N)
03/12/2022VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB729S2)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB729ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB729ER)
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
03/22/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB729S2)
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 665 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0665)