2022 Virginia Criminal Justice Key Votes

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
April 28, 2022 VA HB 1197 Establishes a Study Regarding Transferring the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Secretariat of Health and Human Resources Veto Override Failed - House (48 - 52)
March 12, 2022 VA SB 348 Amends Child and Spousal Support Orders Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 19)
March 8, 2022 VA HB 1197 Establishes a Study Regarding Transferring the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Secretariat of Health and Human Resources Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
Feb. 23, 2022 VA HB 670 Establishes Independent Policing Auditor to Oversee Civilian Law Enforcement Oversight Groups Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Feb. 21, 2022 VA HB 4 Requires School Principals to Report Student Misdemeanors to Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
Feb. 15, 2022 VA SJ 1 Expands Voting Rights of Released Inmates (24 - 16)
Feb. 15, 2022 VA HB 1197 Establishes a Study Regarding Transferring the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Secretariat of Health and Human Resources Bill Passed - House (64 - 35)
Feb. 15, 2022 VA HB 670 Establishes Independent Policing Auditor to Oversee Civilian Law Enforcement Oversight Groups Bill Passed - House (65 - 35)
Feb. 11, 2022 VA HB 11 Reduces Penalties for Carrying a Concealed Weapon Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
Feb. 2, 2022 VA HB 4 Requires School Principals to Report Student Misdemeanors to Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (59 - 40)
Jan. 27, 2022 VA SB 246 Requires Law Enforcement Officers Inform Drivers on Why They are Being Stopped Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)

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