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Profane swearing in public; removes the crime from Code.

Removes the crime of profane swearing in public, which is currently punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor.

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01/22/2020 House: Committee substitute printed 20106255D-H1 Open
01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101994D Open



    HOUSE BILL NO. 1071
    (Proposed by the House Committee for Courts of Justice
    on January 22, 2020)
    (Patrons Prior to Substitute--Delegates Adams, D.M. and Webert [HB 132])
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 18.2-388 of the Code of Virginia, relating to profane swearing in public.

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 18.2-388 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    18.2-388. Intoxication in public; penalty; transportation of public inebriates to detoxification center.

    If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug, or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. In any area in which there is located a court-approved detoxification center, a law-enforcement officer may authorize the transportation, by police or otherwise, of public inebriates to such detoxification center in lieu of arrest; however, no person shall be involuntarily detained in such center.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Dawn M. Adams D-Richmond Sponsor
    Michael J. Webert R-Richmond Cosponsor
    Marcia S. (Cia) Price D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Mark H. Levine D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Mark L. Cole R-Richmond Cosponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/31/2020 Senate Senate: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
    01/30/2020 House House: VOTE: Passage (76-Y 24-N)
    01/22/2020 House House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 5-N)
    01/22/2020 House House: Incorporates HB132 (Webert)
    01/22/2020 House House: Committee substitute printed 20106255D-H1
    01/15/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
    01/14/2020 House House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101994D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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