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HB1139
Grand larceny; increases threshold amount.

Grand larceny; threshold. Increases from $200 to $1,000 the threshold amount of money taken or value of goods or chattel taken at which the crime rises from petit larceny to grand larceny. The bill increases the threshold by the same amount for the classification of certain property crimes.

Legislative Information System of Virginia HB1139 details.
Committee: House Appropriations - General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
Patron: Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)
Current Status: Tabled
Legislative Reports:
DateDetails
February 7thPatron Comments:
  • Has submitted the necessary budget amendments for this bill

  • Allow deployed citizens of the Commonwealth to vote online through a pilot program. Preliminary, trying to see if it would work. The Department of elections would supervise, set up a secure server.

  • Has been done in Alabama without issue. Veterans would have a chance to vote in a manner that could affect the election- current absentee voting is done by mail, however overseas ballots almost always come back after the election. These are the people first and foremost whose votes should count.

  • Armed forces-friendly state, however there is this one very notable exception.

  • If ever a need for a recount, registrar would have access to the information to mitigate issues.

  • This is a pilot. This would be addressing a more permanent solution for several years down the road.


Public Comments (Pro):
  • Legislative Committee of the Virginia Chapter of MOA: Support. Chapter has worked on this issue for past several years, high priority. Right thing to do for those who have served overseas, they’re largely disenfranchised. Many members serving in missions which deny them access to US Mail. Many are between 18-35, and know that there are risks associated with virtual voting, but are willing to work with this. West Virginia and Alabama success. We know of at least one system right now that seems to be, based on our stats and reports, accurate with electronic return. Protection of ballot from distribution to military member back to vendor is redundant but in that secure. So far their system has never been hacked.

Public Comments (Con):
  • Virginia Verified Voting: Computer scientist, aims of this are laudable, however this is an unsolved research problem. Online finance occurs and is safe, however this is a different arena than handling a vote because it has to remain secret. Risky path, but if you must proceed you need to access the security language in the bill.


Outcome:
Tabled