Mandatory minimum sentences; elimination, modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term. (HB2331)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elimination of mandatory minimum sentences; modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term of confinement for felony offenses. Eliminates mandatory minimum sentences of confinement for certain crimes. The bill also provides a petition process for a person who was convicted or adjudicated delinquent of certain felony offenses committed prior to July 1, 2021, sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of confinement for any such felony offense, and remains incarcerated in a state or local correctional facility serving the mandatory minimum term of confinement for any such felony offense to petition the circuit court that entered the original judgment or order to (i) suspend the unserved portion of such mandatory minimum sentence, (ii) place such person on probation for such time as the court shall determine, or (iii) otherwise modify the sentence imposed. The bill provides that such petition shall be filed by July 1, 2024. Read the Bill »


02/25/2021: Passed the Senate


01/22/2021Presented and ordered printed 21103590D
01/22/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2021Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/01/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2331)
02/03/2021Reported from Appropriations (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/04/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB2331E
02/04/2021Printed as engrossed 21103590D-E
02/05/2021Pending question ordered
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House (58-Y 42-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Passage (58-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2331E)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200406D-S1
02/17/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2331S1)
02/22/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 3-N 1-A)
02/22/2021Committee substitute printed 21200525D-S2
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2021Committee substitute rejected 21200406D-S1
02/25/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200525D-S2
02/25/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2021Amendment by Senator Morrissey agreed to
02/25/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2331S2
02/25/2021Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (21-Y 18-N)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2331S2)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate substitute with amendment rejected by House 21200525D-S2 (0-Y 99-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N)
02/25/2021Senate insisted on substitute with amendment (36-Y 2-N)
02/25/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2021House acceded to request
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Mullin, Delaney, Campbell, J.L.
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Edwards, Morrissey, Stanley
03/01/2021No further action taken
03/01/2021Failed to pass