Senate Bill 149 (Howell) relating to courthouse and courtroom security fees passed the Virginia General Assembly today. The bill is a top priority of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, raising courthouse and courtroom security fees from $10.00 to $20.00 and generating up to $13.1 million for sheriffs. The fee increase is a local option. The vote for passage was 81-18.
The bill now heads to Governor Northam for his consideration.
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association thanks all sheriffs who assisted with the passage of this bill. VSA also extends a special thanks to Senator Janet Howell, chief patron.