Prostitution and sex trafficking; offenses involving a minor, penalties. (HB2586)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prostitution and sex trafficking; offenses involving a minor; penalties. Provides that any person who commits an act of aiding prostitution or illicit sexual intercourse or using a vehicle to promote prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse, when such act involves a minor, is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Under current law, such acts are punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill adds the two new felony offenses to (i) the definition of "violent felony" for the purposes of sentencing guidelines, (ii) the definition of barrier crimes for the purposes of background checks for employees or volunteers providing care to children or the elderly or disabled, (iii) the definition of predicate criminal acts for street gangs, (iv) the definition of racketeering activity under the Virginia Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act, (v) the list of violations that a multi-jurisdiction grand jury is responsible for investigating, and (vi) the list of offenses requiring registration in the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. The bill also adds felony prostitution and felony human trafficking offenses to the definition of "violent felony" for the purposes of sentencing guidelines. The bill also provides that each violation of commercial sex trafficking is a separate and distinct felony. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104381D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2586)
01/29/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2586)
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 (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Delegates: Bell, R.B., Ransone, Herring
02/21/2019Placed on Calendar
02/21/2019Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 97-N 1-A)
02/21/2019VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Reconsideration of Senate amendment agreed to by House
02/21/2019Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 99-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: REJECTED #2 (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: Bell, Robert B., Ransone, Herring
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Obenshain, Stuart, Howell
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 (99-Y 0-N)
02/23/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2586ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/08/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2586ER)
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2586ER)
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/19/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 617 (effective 7/1/19)
03/19/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0617)