Law-enforcement officers; minimum qualifications, citizenship, waiver. (HB776)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), and Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Minimum qualifications for law-enforcement officers; citizenship; waiver. Allows individuals who are lawfully admitted for permanent residence who have resided in the United States for no less than 60 months and who are both eligible for and have applied for United States citizenship to qualify for the positions of chief of police and all police officers of any locality, all deputy sheriffs and jail officers in the Commonwealth, and all law-enforcement officers. The bill allows any agency or department employing law-enforcement officers to hire, recruit, or refer an individual who is a citizen of the United States over another individual who meets such qualifications if such individuals are equally qualified. Current law only allows citizens of the United States to qualify for the named positions; the citizenship requirement can only be waived for good cause upon request of a sheriff or chief of police or the director or chief executive of any agency or department employing law-enforcement officers to the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the proposed bill (HB776) is not expected to create a fiscal impact on agency resources or state law enforcement agencies. The impact on local law enforcement agencies is unknown at this time.

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Bill Has Failed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102761D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/15/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB776)
01/19/2024Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
01/25/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
01/26/2024Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2024Read first time
01/31/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2024Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/01/2024VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2024Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/19/2024Rereferred from Local Government (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2024Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/28/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB776ER)
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
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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