HB 863 Signed by Governor

HB 863, which changes the way restricted-use driver’s licenses are offered to offenders, has been signed by Gov. McDonnell.

It has been enacted as Chapter 522 of the 2010 Acts of Assembly, and will become effective on July 1, 2010.

HB862 Signed

Gov. McDonnell has signed into law HB 862, allowing juveniles to be immediately adjudicated as delinquent for underage alcohol, drug, or firearm offenses, and punished accordingly.

It has been enacted as Chapter 569 of the 2010 Acts of Assembly, and will become effective on July 1st, 2010.

HB1121 Signed By Governor

On April 10, Governor McDonnell signed HB1121, Delegate Gilbert’s juvenile information sharing bill.

The new policy will be effective on July 1, 2010.

HB1121 Signed in House and Senate

As of March 25th, both the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate have signed HB1121, Delegate Gilbert’s juvenile information sharing bill.

HB907 Passed

HB 907 Reports of certain acts to school authorities; local law-enforcement authorities to report.

This bill provides that for any report from local law-enforcement authorities to the principal or his designee and the division superintendent regarding certain offenses committed by a juvenile student that would be an adult misdemeanor, local law-enforcement authorities and attorneys for the Commonwealth shall also be authorized to disclose information regarding terms of release from detention, court dates, and terms of any disposition orders entered by the court to the superintendent of such student’s school division.


SB259 Passes.

SB259. Juveniles; Detention of those Transferred or Certified.

The Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center strongly supported this bill, sponsored by Sen. Lucas.

This bill provides that a juvenile whose criminal case has been transferred to circuit court or certified be placed in a juvenile secure facility unless the court determines that he is a threat to the security or safety of the other juveniles detained or the staff of the facility, in which case he may be moved to an adult facility.


SB591 Passes.

SB 591 Juveniles; detention in secure facility for possession of certain firearms.

This bill clarifies the existing law and states that a juvenile may be detained prior to final disposition in a secure facility if the juvenile is alleged to have violated § 18.2-308.7 (possession or transportation of a handgun or assault weapon by a person under the age of 18).  Current law provides for such detention only when the juvenile is alleged to have committed an offense that would be a crime if he were an adult.

SB591 passed in both chambers.