Marijuana; expungement of offenses, civil penalty. (SB742)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expungement of offenses civil penalty. Provides for the automatic sealing of misdemeanor marijuana offenses and the petition-based sealing for certain felony marijuana offenses. The bill requires a business screening service, defined in the bill, to destroy all expunged records, as defined in the bill, and to follow reasonable procedures to ensure that it does not maintain or sell expunged records. The bill also provides that any petition for expungement shall be kept under seal and that an indigent person may file a petition for expungement without the payment of fees and costs and can request court-appointed counsel, who shall be paid from the Sealing Fee Fund. The bill has staggered delayed effective dates in order to develop systems for implementing the sealing provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104596D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/07/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Judiciary with amendments (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB742)
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Passed by for the day
02/15/2022Read second time
02/15/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/15/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB742E
02/15/2022Printed as engrossed 22104596D-E
02/15/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB742E)
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
03/04/2022Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)
03/08/2022Left in Courts of Justice

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