Suffocation by blocking or obstructing the airway of another; penalty. (SB1156)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Suffocation by blocking or obstructing the airway of another; penalty. Provides that any person who, without consent, impedes the blood circulation or respiration of another person by knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully blocking or obstructing the airway of such person resulting in the wounding or bodily injury of such person is guilty of suffocation, a Class 6 felony. This bill is identical to HB 1673. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101406D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/12/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1156)
01/25/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1156)
01/30/2023Reported from Judiciary with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2023Committee substitute printed 23105372D-S1
01/30/2023Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1156S1)
02/02/2023Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1156S1)
02/06/2023Read second time
02/06/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23105372D-S1
02/06/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1156S1
02/06/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2023Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2023Placed on Calendar
02/07/2023Read first time
02/07/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2023Reported from Courts of Justice (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2023Read second time
02/16/2023Read third time
02/16/2023Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2023VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2023Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1156ER)
02/21/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1156ER)
02/21/2023Signed by Speaker
02/24/2023Signed by President
03/02/2023Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 2, 2023
03/02/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/27/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 710 (effective 7/1/23)
03/27/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0710)

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