Driving while intoxicated or operating watercraft while intoxicated; maiming, etc., of another. (HB1941)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Maiming, etc., of another; driving while intoxicated; operating watercraft while intoxicated; penalties. Increases from a Class 6 felony to a Class 4 felony the punishment for a person who, as a result of driving while intoxicated or operating a watercraft or motorboat while intoxicated in a manner so gross, wanton, and culpable as to show reckless disregard for human life, unintentionally causes the serious bodily injury, as defined in the bill, of another person resulting in permanent and significant physical impairment. The bill creates a Class 6 felony for such driving or operation that unintentionally causes the serious bodily injury, as defined in the bill, of another person. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102606D
01/06/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1941)
01/29/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1941)
02/01/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (94-Y 3-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Committee substitute printed 19106787D-S1
02/11/2019Rereferred to Finance
02/12/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1941S1)
02/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1941S1)
02/18/2019Reported from Finance with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Committee substitute agreed to
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106787D-S1
02/20/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB1941S1
02/20/2019Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Delegates: Bell, R.B., Collins, Bourne
02/21/2019Senate insisted on amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Placed on Calendar
02/21/2019Senate substitute with amendment rejected by House 19106787D-S1 (1-Y 99-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate insisted on substitute with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2019House acceded to request
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Bell, Robert B., Collins, Bourne
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: McDougle, Stuart, Edwards
02/23/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 3-N)
02/23/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1941ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/08/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1941ER)
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1941ER)
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 465 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0465)


Marjorie Frazier writes:

Would just like to say like so many other bills, don't wait until it happens to YOU and YOUR family, do something today to STOP these senseless acts of violence. There is no punishment for DUI's as you have it now - they go on with their life as if nothing has happened while the lives and families change FOREVER from these senseless, unlawful, acts. Please find it in the law books to make a difference. Please pass this bill and make a difference-IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, YOUR CHILD, YOUR GRANDCHILD, MOTHER, FATHER, BROTHER, SISTER, ETC... STOP THESE PEOPLE TODAY, MAKE THEM THINK A LITTLE MORE BEFORE THEY GET BEHIND A WHEEL INTOXICATED. PLEASE...

Thank you for this consideration,

Marjorie-MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER of 2 beautiful girls injured but survived.....

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