Suicide; abolishes common-law crime. (HB81)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Michael Feggans (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Common-law crime of suicide. Abolishes the common-law crime of suicide. Suicide is currently a common-law crime in Virginia, although there is no statutorily prescribed punishment. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2025, and also requires the Bureau of Insurance of the State Corporation Commission to review the effect and implication of abolishing the common-law crime of suicide on insurance throughout the Commonwealth and submit its findings and any recommendations by November 1, 2024, to the Chairs of the House and Senate Committees for Courts of Justice. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/27/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100590D
12/27/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/18/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
01/26/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2024Read first time
01/31/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2024Read third time and passed House (62-Y 37-N)
02/01/2024VOTE: Passage (62-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/28/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of amendment waived
03/04/2024Committee amendment agreed to
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/04/2024Passed Senate with amendment (20-Y 19-N)
03/05/2024Senate amendment agreed to by House (61-Y 39-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (61-Y 39-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB81ER)
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
04/05/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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