2009 Regular Session


File Code: Criminal Law - Procedure Prior Year Introduction As: HB 77/08 - JUD
Sponsored By:
Delegates Smigiel, Barnes, Carter, Conaway, Dwyer, Frank, Jennings, Kramer, McComas, McConkey, Ramirez, and Valderrama
Criminal Procedure - Media Coverage in the Courtroom - Criminal Sentencing Hearings


Repealing a prohibition against recording or broadcasting a criminal sentencing hearing; establishing specified requirements for a media organization's request to provide media coverage of a criminal sentencing hearing; requiring the clerk of the court to provide notice to specified parties; providing specified factors that a presiding judge may consider; authorizing a presiding judge to grant or limit a specified request to provide media coverage; etc.

History by Legislative and Calendar Date

Legislative date is used to record history occurring in the Chambers otherwise Calendar date is used.
House Action
First Reading Judiciary
Hearing 3/5 at 1:00 p.m.
Hearing cancelled
Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
Hearing cancelled
Hearing 3/11 at 2:00 p.m.
Senate Action
No Action

Sponsored by:

Delegate Michael D. Smigiel, Sr., District 36
Delegate Ben Barnes, District 21
Delegate Jill P. Carter, District 41
Delegate Frank M. Conaway, Jr., District 40
Delegate Don H. Dwyer, Jr., District 31
Delegate William J. Frank, District 42
Delegate J. B. Jennings, District 7
Delegate Benjamin F. Kramer, District 19
Delegate Susan K. McComas, District 35B
Delegate Tony McConkey, District 33A
Delegate Victor R. Ramirez, District 47
Delegate Kriselda Valderrama, District 26

Bill indexed under the following Subjects:

Clerks of Court
Courts -see also- Circuit; Appeals; District; Orphans`; etc.
News Media
Public Information
Recordings -see also- Video
Sentences -see also- Death Penalty

Bill affects the following Statute:

Criminal Procedure
( 1-201 )


Bill Text (Displayed in PDF Format): First Reading, Third Reading, Enrolled
Fiscal and Policy Note (Displayed in PDF Format): Available
Amendments: None offered