Del. Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth)

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Took Office
January 1986
Left Office
January 2010
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63% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 52% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 55% of them are Democrats.
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These are all of the video clips of Ken Melvin’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2008. There are 17 video clips in all.


  • HB1204: Retail Sales and Use Tax; custom structural metal fabrication in an economically distressed area.
  • HB1209: Criminal case; deferred disposition.
  • HB2087: Alcoholic beverages; Class 3 misdemeanor when person permits underage person to consume.
  • HB2307: Early voting; any qualified voter may vote in person from 17 to three days before election.
  • HB2308: Public hearings; notice of and locality must hold prior to increasing its real property tax.
  • HB2309: Probationer, supervised; not be kept under probation solely because of failure to make payment.
  • HB2310: Confidentiality of court records; person inspecting is authorized to have copies made of records.
  • HB2311: Courthouses; localities to assess fee as part of costs in each criminal or traffic case, etc.
  • HB2312: Writs; requirements for actual innocence.
  • HB2443: Zoning ordinances; restrictions on ABC licenses in City of Portsmouth.
  • HB1186: Incompetent defendants; dismissal of charges when charged with nonviolent misdemeanor.
  • HB1203: Mental health and substance abuse treatment providers; background checks.
  • HB1204: Retail Sales and Use Tax; custom structural metal fabrication in an economically distressed area.
  • HB1205: Diversion center incarceration program; placement of defendant with Department of Corrections.
  • HB1206: Port Authority; police officer to provide security beyond locality where property is located.
  • HB1207: Serious juvenile offenders; those convicted as an adult to gain earned sentence credits.
  • HB1208: Subaqueous lands; Marine Resources Commission to convey parcels thereof.
  • HB1209: Criminal case; deferred disposition.
  • HB1210: Vacant building registration; enhances penalties for failure to register.
  • HB1211: Port Authority; establish a trust to offset other postemployment benefits.
  • HB1212: Port Authority; encourages employees thereof to save for retirement.
  • HB1213: HIV/Hepatitis testing; parental consent for minors.
  • HJ167: Vacant residential units; Housing Commission to study problem in densely populated urban areas.
  • HB2988: Income tax, state; filing threshold amounts.
  • HB2989: Portsmouth Port & Industrial Commission; authority to provide financing by leasing, etc. facilities.
  • HB2990: Subaqueous lands; Marine Resources Commission to convey adjoining parcels thereof.
  • HB2991: Public defenders; duties.
  • HB2992: Appeal bonds; fees or costs shall not be assessed, etc. for any motion from order denying bail, etc.
  • HB2993: Attorney General; compromise and settlement of disputes.
  • HB2994: Dental hygienists; authority to administer topical oral fluorides.
  • HB3189: Assault and battery; certain punishment if against law-enforcement officer.
  • HJ657: Managed care; Department of Medical Assistance Services to continue expanding use thereof.
  • HB790: Conditional release; extends custody period following revocation thereof before treatment.
  • HB1039: Dogs; penalty when recklessly controlling or handling.
  • HB1234: District courts; parties in misdemeanor prosecution shall have right to subpoena evidence.
  • HB1235: Retail sales and use tax; revenue from certain public facilities in City of Norfolk.
  • HB1236: Fair Housing Law; removes exemption of single-family house from certain section.
  • HB1237: District and circuit courts; Chief Justice to designate active or retired judge to provide assist.
  • HB1238: Supreme Court of Virginia; allowed to convene when state of emergency.
  • HB1379: Claims; Willie Neville Davidson.
  • HB1437: Small employer associations; group health insurance coverage.
  • HB1533: Elizabeth River; Governor to sell and convey subaqueous lands in City of Norfolk.