Human trafficking; attorneys for the Commonwealth to establish multidisciplinary response teams. (HB581)

Introduced By

Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Del. Anne Ferrell Tata (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Human trafficking response teams. Requires attorneys for the Commonwealth to establish multidisciplinary human trafficking response teams. The bill provides that each team shall hold a meeting, at least annually, to (i) discuss implementation of protocols and policies; (ii) establish and review guidelines for the community's response to various forms of human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking; and (iii) review protocols for the trauma-informed, victim-centered collection, preservation, and secure storage of evidence from physical evidence recovery kit examinations. The bill also provides that the Virginia Freedom of Information Act shall not apply to human trafficking response teams, with certain exceptions. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the bill HB581E, which requires the establishment of multidisciplinary human trafficking response teams, is not expected to have a fiscal impact on agency operations. However, the statement mentions that the fiscal impact on the Commonwealth's Attorneys is unknown at this time due to the inability to quantify the staffing workload. If additional information becomes available, the fiscal impact will be revised.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104836D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/23/2024Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/26/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/2024Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment(s) (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB581)
02/02/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns amendment agreed to
02/12/2024Committee on Courts of Justice amendment agreed to
02/12/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB581E
02/12/2024Printed as engrossed 24104836D-E
02/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB581E)
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/26/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/27/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Reading of amendment waived
02/28/2024Committee amendment agreed to
02/28/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/28/2024Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Senate amendment agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
03/01/2024VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB581ER)
03/07/2024Signed by Speaker
03/08/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB581ER)
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/03/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 366 (effective 7/1/24)
04/03/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0366)

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