SJ 378 Constitutional amendment; rights of victims of crime.
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Summary:
Constitutional amendment; rights of victims of crime. Adds a provision to the Virginia Bill of Rights to provide victims of crime certain rights as may be defined and provided by law by the General Assembly. The resolution provides that victims of crime should be afforded fair and respectful treatment by public officers and employees, restitution for harm, protection from further harm, information on relevant judicial proceedings and on the release and escape of the offender, and the opportunity for meaningful participation in the criminal justice process. The provision also states that any rights which may be created do not confer a right of appeal or to modify decisions in criminal proceedings and do not create any cause of action against the Commonwealth, political subdivisions, or public officers or employees.

Full text:
01/23/95  Senate: Presented & ordered printed LD8485843  pdf
03/13/95  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ378ER)  pdf
04/04/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0710)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
Senate amendments rejected

Status:
01/23/95  Senate: Presented & ordered printed LD8485843
01/23/95  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/31/95  Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (9-Y 3-N)
02/01/95  Senate: Rules suspended (40-Y 0-N)
02/01/95  Senate: VOTE: SUSPEND THE RULES (40-Y 0-N)
02/01/95  Senate: Reading waived
02/02/95  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/06/95  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/07/95  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/07/95  Senate: Rules suspended (39-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  Senate: VOTE: SUSPEND THE RULES (39-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  Senate: Reading waived
02/07/95  Senate: Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER (39-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  Senate: Floor amendments rejected (Saslaw)
02/07/95  Senate: Engrossed by Senate
02/07/95  Senate: Rules suspended (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  Senate: VOTE: SUSPEND THE RULES (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  Senate: Reading waived
02/07/95  Senate: Agreed to by Senate (30-Y 9-N)
02/07/95  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (30-Y 9-N)
02/07/95  Senate: Communicated to House
02/08/95  House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/95  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/14/95  House: Reported from Rules with amendments (10-Y 0-N)
02/16/95  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/16/95  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/16/95  House: Agreed to by House with amendments (96-Y 0-N)
02/16/95  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
02/20/95  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/20/95  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/95  Senate: VOTE: CONCUR HOUSE AMENDMENT (39-Y 0-N)
03/13/95  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ378ER)
03/13/95  House: Signed by Speaker
03/14/95  Senate: Signed by President
04/03/95  House: Assigned Chapter 710 (effective 7/1/95)
04/04/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0710)