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2010 SESSION

10103313D
SENATE BILL NO. 287
Offered January 13, 2010
Prefiled January 12, 2010
A BILL to amend and reenact  9.1-500 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the Law-Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act; definition of law-enforcement officer.
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Patron-- Deeds
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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  9.1-500 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

9.1-500. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Agency" means the Department of State Police, the Division of Capitol Police, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Port Authority, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, or the Department of Motor Vehicles; a sheriff's department; or the political subdivision or the campus police department of any public institution of higher education of the Commonwealth employing the law-enforcement officer.

"Law-enforcement officer" means any person, other than a Chief of Police, sheriff, or the Superintendent of the Department of State Police, who, in his official capacity, is (i) authorized by law to make arrests and (ii) a nonprobationary officer of one of the following agencies:

a. The Department of State Police, the Division of Capitol Police, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Port Authority, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the Department of Conservation and Recreation;

b. The police department, bureau, or force, the sheriff's department of any political subdivision or the campus police department of any public institution of higher education of the Commonwealth where such department, bureau, or force has ten 10 or more law-enforcement officers; or

c. Any conservation police officer as defined in 9.1-101.

For the purposes of this chapter, "law-enforcement officer" shall not include an employee of the sheriff's department of any city or county who would be considered an exempt employee under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (29 USC 201 et seq.).