Prostitution-related crimes; minors, penalties. (HB2087)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patrons Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prostitution-related crimes; minors; penalties. Increases from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony the penalties for the following crimes if a minor is involved: (i) keeping, residing in, or visiting a bawdy place; (ii) aiding prostitution; and (iii) using vehicles to promote prostitution. The bill also adds felony violations of these offenses to (a) the list of offenses for which registration in the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry is required, (b) the definition of violent felony for the purposes of the sentencing guidelines, (c) the list of predicate criminal acts that constitutes the definition of street gangs, (d) the list of offenses that may constitute racketeering under the Virginia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, and (e) the offenses that may be investigated by a multi-jurisdiction grand jury. The bill also makes applicable to all persons, regardless of the gender of the victim, the crimes of (1) assisting or aiding in the abduction of or threatening to abduct a female under 16 years of age for the purpose of concubinage or prostitution, which the bill also changes to include any person under 18 years of age, and (2) placing or leaving one's wife in a bawdy place. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


02/24/2019: failed house


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103879D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2087)
01/29/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Committee substitute printed 19106279D-H1
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2087H1)
02/04/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2087H1)
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106279D-H1
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2087H1
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-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 (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Rereferred to Finance
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)
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2019Passed by temporarily
02/20/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2019Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Delegates: Watts, Bell, R.B., Ransone
02/21/2019Placed on Calendar
02/21/2019Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 99-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate insisted on 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: Watts, Bell, Robert B., Ransone
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Obenshain, Stanley, Deeds
02/24/2019No further action taken
02/24/2019Failed to pass in House