Felony homicide; certain drug offenses, penalty. (HB2528)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from 13 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke), Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Sen. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Felony homicide; certain drug offenses; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of felony homicide, which constitutes second degree murder and is punishable by confinement of not less than five nor more than 40 years, if the underlying felonious act that resulted in the killing of another involved the manufacture, sale, gift, or distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance to another and (i) such other person's death results from his use of the controlled substance and (ii) the controlled substance is the proximate cause of his death. The bill provides that venue for a prosecution of this crime shall lie in the locality where the underlying felony occurred, where the use of the controlled substance occurred, or where death occurred. The bill also provides that if a person gave or distributed a Schedule I or II controlled substance only as an accommodation to another individual who is not an inmate in a community correctional facility, local correctional facility, or state correctional facility, or in the custody of an employee thereof, and not with intent to profit thereby from any consideration received or expected nor to induce the recipient of the controlled substance to use or become addicted to or dependent upon such controlled substance, he is guilty of a Class 5 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101005D
01/09/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2528)
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2528)
02/04/2019Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (75-Y 24-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (75-Y 24-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 (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Committee substitute printed 19106811D-S1
02/11/2019Rereferred to Finance
02/12/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2528S1)
02/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2528S1)
02/18/2019Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Committee substitute printed 19107357D-S2
02/19/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2528S2)
02/19/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Passed by for the day
02/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2528S2)
02/21/2019Read third time
02/21/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/21/2019Committee substitute rejected 19106811D-S1
02/21/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19107357D-S2
02/21/2019Reading of amendments waived
02/21/2019Amendments by Senator Obenshain agreed to
02/21/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments HB2528S2
02/21/2019Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate substitute with amendments agreed to by House 19107357D-S2 (69-Y 30-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (69-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2528ER)
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/25/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2528ER)
02/28/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2528ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/26/2019Governor's recommendation received by House
03/26/2019Governor's substitute printed 19107848D-H1
04/03/2019Placed on Calendar
04/03/2019House rejected Governor's recommendation (47-Y 51-N)
04/03/2019VOTE: REJECTED (47-Y 51-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Communicated to Governor
04/03/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 3, 2019
05/02/2019G Vetoed by Governor


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.