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State Police, Department of; establishment of cold case searchable database.

Requires the Superintendent of State Police to establish and maintain a searchable electronic database of cold cases, available to the public through the Department of State Police official website. The bill defines "cold case" as an investigation into a homicide, missing person, or unidentified person case that has remained unsolved for at least five years after the crime occurred, the person went missing, or the unidentified body was found. The bill requires the database to include (i) the category of cold case and, in the case of a homicide or missing person, the name of the victim or missing person, unless prohibited or restricted by law; (ii) the location where the crime was committed, where the person was last seen, or where the body was found, if known; (iii) the date and time the crime occurred, the person was last seen, or the body was found, if known; (iv) the name and contact information of the investigating law-enforcement agency; (v) a brief summary of the crime or case; and (vi) any other information that the investigating law-enforcement agency determines is relevant. The bill also allows the Department and submitting law-enforcement agencies to withhold such information, in whole or in part, from the database as they deem necessary for investigative purposes, protection of privacy, or any other lawful reason.

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02/06/2020 House: Printed as engrossed 20100890D-E Open
01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100890D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20100890D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 1024
    House Amendments in [ ] � February 6, 2020
    A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 52 a chapter numbered 7.5, consisting of a section numbered 52-34.13, relating to the Department of State Police; establishment of cold case searchable database.
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    Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Roem
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    Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 52 a chapter numbered 7.5, consisting of a section numbered 52-34.13, as follows:

    CHAPTER 7.5.
    COLD CASE SEARCHABLE DATABASE.

    52-34.13. Cold case searchable database established.

    A. As used in this section, "cold case" means an investigation into a homicide, missing person, or unidentified person case that has remained unsolved for at least five years after the crime occurred, the person went missing, or the unidentified body was found [ , whichever occurred last ] .

    B. The Superintendent of State Police shall establish and maintain a searchable electronic database of cold cases to assist law-enforcement agencies in the development of information leading to the identification and arrest of persons who may have committed the crimes or to persons who may have relevant information to solve the case. Such database shall be available to the public through the Department of State Police official website.

    C. The searchable electronic database shall include (i) the category of cold case and, in the case of a homicide or missing person, the name of the victim or missing person, unless disclosure is prohibited or restricted by � 19.2-11.2; (ii) the location where the crime was committed, where the person was last seen, or where the body was found, if known; (iii) the date and time the crime occurred, the person was last seen, or the body was found, if known; (iv) the name and contact information of the investigating law-enforcement agency; (v) a brief summary of the crime or case; and (vi) any other information that the investigating law-enforcement agency determines is [ relevant appropriate ] . The Department of State Police and submitting law-enforcement agencies shall have the discretion to withhold such information, in whole or in part, from the database [ (a) ] as they deem necessary for investigative purposes, protection of privacy, or any other lawful reason [ or (b) upon request of the victim�s or missing person�s next of kin ] .

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Danica A. Roem D-Richmond Sponsor
    Ibraheem S. Samirah D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Sam Rasoul D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Michael P. Mullin D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Mark H. Levine D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Clinton L. Jenkins D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Glenn R. Davis R-Richmond Cosponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/28/2020 House House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
    01/27/2020 House House: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (19-Y 0-N)
    01/27/2020 House House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
    01/24/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
    01/24/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
    01/23/2020 House House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100890D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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    Start Description.
    Requires the Superintendent of State Police to establish and maintain a searchable electronic database of cold cases, available to the public through the Department of State Police official website. The bill defines "cold case" as an investigation into a homicide, missing person, or unidentified person case that has remained unsolved for at least five years after the crime occurred, the person went missing, or the unidentified body was found. The bill requires the database to incl
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    Bill TEXT Points.
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    13, relating to the Department of State Police; establishment of cold case searchable database

    Police
    13, relating to the Department of State Police; establishment of cold case searchable database


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