Building Safe Communities

Name of Bill

Description

Status

Support

Details

HB 2132 (Roem)
Homicides and assaults and bodily woundings; certain matters not to constitute defenses.
Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102483D

Homicides and assaults and bodily woundings; certain matters not to constitute defenses. HB 2132 (Roem) Provides that the discovery of, perception of, or belief about another person’s actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, whether or not accurate, is not a defense to any charge of capital murder, murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, voluntary manslaughter, or assault and bodily wounding-related crimes and is not provocation negating malice as an element of murder. EV SUPPORTS

HB 2132 Status: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102483D

SB 1203 (Hashmi)
Hate crimes; associational relationships; penalty.
Referred to Committee on the Judiciary

Hate crimes; associational relationships; penalty. – SB 1203 (Hashmi) Redefines the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another’s property results in a higher criminal penalty for the offense to include a person’s actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religious conviction, national origin, gender, sex, disability, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or a person’s actual or perceived association with another person or group of a certain actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religious conviction, national origin, gender, sex, disability, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. The bill adds these categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involves malicious wounding and makes such crime punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than five years, nor more than 40 years. The bill also redefines these categories for the purposes of reporting hate crimes to the central repository of information maintained by the Virginia State Police, for civil actions to recover damages for vandalism, and for interactive computer service liability. EV SUPPORTS

SB 1203 Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary