Controlled substances; possession of an item containing residue of a substance, penalty. (HB455)

Introduced By

Del. Katrina Callsen (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession of an item containing residue of a controlled substance; penalty. Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for the offense of possession of an item containing residue of a controlled substance. The bill provides that upon motion of the attorney for the Commonwealth, a charge for possession of a controlled substance classified in Schedule I or II of the Drug Control Act may be reduced to unlawful possession of an item containing residue of a controlled substance. Currently, possession of any amount of such controlled substance is a Class 5 felony. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the proposed legislation is expected to result in a decreased cost to the state due to a potential decrease in jail population. The statement mentions that the Commonwealth currently pays $5.00 a day for each misdemeanant held in a jail, $15.00 a day for state responsible prisoners held in local jails, and also funds a large portion of the jails' operating costs. The estimated total state support for local jails averaged $45.76 per inmate, per day in FY 2022. The statement does not provide a specific overall cost estimate but notes that any decrease in jail population will lead to reduced costs for the state.

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01/08/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104046D
01/08/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB455)
01/23/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/26/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (50-Y 47-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (50-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/28/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2024Committee substitute printed 24107783D-S1
02/28/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB455S1)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107783D-S1
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB455S1
03/04/2024Passed Senate with substitute (31-Y 8-N)
03/05/2024Senate substitute agreed to by House 24107783D-S1 (52-Y 47-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 47-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB455ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/27/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB455ER)
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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