Forced labor or service; civil action for trafficking, penalties. (HB633)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Cherry (R-Colonial Heights) with support from co-patrons Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), and Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Forced labor or service; penalties. Expands the offense of abduction to penalize any person who, by force, intimidation or deception, and without legal justification or excuse, obtains the labor or services of another, or seizes, takes, transports, detains or secretes another person or threatens to do so. The bill also expands the offense of receiving money for procuring a person to penalize any person who causes another to engage in forced labor or services or provides or obtains labor or services by any act as described in the offense of abduction. Lastly, the bill allows any person injured as a result of an abduction for the purposes of forced labor or services to commence a civil action for recovery of compensatory damages, punitive damages, and reasonable attorney fees and costs. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact of this legislation cannot be determined accurately due to insufficient data. However, it is estimated that the proposal may increase the state-responsible (prison) bed space needs, leading to increased costs for the Commonwealth. The exact magnitude of the impact on prison bed space needs cannot be determined, but a minimum impact of $50,000 has been assigned to the bill as required by law. Additionally, the bill may also increase local-responsible (jail) bed space needs, but the exact impact cannot be determined. Any increase in jail population will lead to increased costs for the state. The estimated average total state support for local jails was $45.76 per inmate, per day in FY 2022. The legislation will impact various agencies including courts, the Department of Corrections, state and local law enforcement agencies, local and regional jails, Commonwealth's Attorneys, and Virginia Public Defender Offices.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104599D
01/09/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB633)
01/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB633)
01/31/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/02/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24106914D-H1
02/08/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB633H1)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106914D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB633H1
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)
02/14/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB633H1)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/26/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/26/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Committee substitute printed 24108264D-S1
02/26/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/27/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB633S1)
02/28/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108264D-S1
03/01/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB633S1
03/01/2024Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB633S1)
03/04/2024Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108264D-S1 (98-Y 0-N)
03/04/2024VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB633ER)
03/07/2024Signed by Speaker
03/08/2024Signed by President
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
03/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB633ER)
04/03/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 368 (effective 7/1/24)
04/03/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0368)

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