2017 Legislation

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA) monitors all legislation that impacts the office of sheriff. By exhibiting a strong voice in the Virginia General Assembly, VSA helps define the responsibilities of law enforcement.

Following are some of the bills affecting sheriffs’ offices that passed in the 2017 session of the Virginia General Assembly.


Senate Bill 936 Employees of constitutional officers; local leave benefits
Senate Bill 1061 Government Date Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; exemption from sheriff’s departments
Senate Bill 1487 Public officers; automatic suspension upon conviction of felony
Senate Bill 1548 Virginia Public Procurement Act; cooperative procurement; Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
House Bill 1426 Emergency custody or involuntary admission process; alternative transportation model
House Bill 1457 Part-time deputy sheriffs; compensation
House Bill 1524 Special conservators of the peace; liability insurance
House Bill 2067 Decertification of law-enforcement officers; notification
House Bill 2237 Office of the State Inspector General; extension of jurisdiction to local departments of social services
House Bill 2290 Driver education programs; instruction concerning traffic stops
House Bill 2317 Comprehensive harm reduction program; public health emergency

Law Enforcement

House Bill 1392 School security officers; carrying a firearm in performance of duties
House Bill 2127 Rights of victims of sexual assault; physical evidence recovery kits


Senate Bill 935 Inpatient psychiatric hospital admission; defendant found incompetent
Senate Bill 941 Forensic discharge planning services; local and regional correctional facilities
Senate Bill 1063 State Board of Corrections; membership; powers and duties; review of death of inmates in local correctional facilities
House Bill 1579 Transportation order for defendant held in correctional facility
House Bill 1784 Forensic discharge planning services; local and regional correctional facilities
House Bill 2184 Evaluation of inmate; inpatient psychiatric hospital admission


Senate Bill 1367 F. W. “Wakie” Howard, Jr. Bridge
Senate Joint Resolution 122 & House Joint Resolution 808 Commending Raleigh H. Isaacs
House Joint Resolution 857 Commending the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office
House Joint Resolution 871 Celebrating the life of W. Alvin Hudson, Jr.
House Joint Resolution 985 Commending S. Stephen Bittle

For detailed information and current status of a particular legislative item listed above, go to the Virginia General Assembly home page .

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