Legislation

The 2017 Session of the General Assembly adjourned on February 25th after convening  on January 11, 2017.

Here is a list of bills related to Emergency Services that were considered as of  February 27, along with their status as of adjournment.

Bills Committee Last action Date
HB 1398Bell, Richard P. – Hate crimes; acts against law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Left in Courts of Justice 02/07/17
HB 1404Cole – Fire alarms; maliciously activating, penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 98 (effective 7/1/17) 02/20/17
HB 1416Helsel – Line of Duty Act; payments to beneficiaries. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Left in Appropriations 02/08/17
HB 1480Helsel – Mental health awareness training; law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Left in Courts of Justice 02/07/17
HB 1481Helsel – Ordinances relating to fire departments and fire companies; operators of emergency vehicles. (H) Committee on General Laws (H) Stricken from docket by General Laws 02/02/17
HB 1531Farrell – Department of Health; regulations governing Other Do Not Resuscitate Orders. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions (H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions 02/07/17
HB 1532Wright – Fire Programs Fund. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(G) Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017 02/21/17
HB 1590Campbell – Duty of care to law-enforcement officers and firefighters; fireman’s rule. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1590ER) 02/24/17
HB 1719Anderson – Wireless E-911 Fund; distribution percentages. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(G) Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017 02/21/17
HB 1720Anderson – Flag at half staff or mast; public safety personnel. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1720ER) 02/23/17
HB 1722Anderson – Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Left in Commerce and Labor 02/08/17
HB 1739Minchew – Civil immunity; emergency services and communications. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Left in Courts of Justice 02/07/17
HB 1785Bell, Robert B. – Emergency vehicles, privately owned volunteer; exemptions and requirements. (H) Committee on Transportation

(S) Committee on Transportation

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 244 (effective 7/1/17) 02/23/17
HB 1789Rasoul – Emergency vehicles, privately owned volunteer; requirement for flashing lights and sirens. (H) Committee on Transportation (H) Left in Transportation 02/07/17
HB 1793Fariss – Burn ban; exception for frost or freeze protection of orchard or vineyard. (H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

(S) Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 6 (effective 7/1/17) 02/13/17
HB 1803Bell, John J. – Workers’ compensation; disease presumptions, correctional officers. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Left in Commerce and Labor 02/08/17
HB 1861Lopez – Product safety; flame retardants, penalty. (H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (H) Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources 02/07/17
HB 1998Lingamfelter – Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel; revises membership, duties, report. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1998ER) 02/23/17
HB 2176Hodges – Charitable gaming; conduct of instant games, etc., number of sessions. (H) Committee on General Laws (H) Left in General Laws 02/08/17
HB 2177Hodges – Administrative Process Act; exemption for Charitable Gaming Board. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(G) Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017 02/21/17
HB 2243Jones – Line of Duty Act; clarifies provisions of Act. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance

(G) Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017 02/21/17
HB 2374Knight – Charitable gaming; prohibited practices. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(G) Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017 02/21/17
HR 353Pillion – Commending Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department.   (H) Agreed to by House by voice vote 02/10/17
SB 790Cosgrove – Crimes against law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel; penalty. (S) Committee on Finance (S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N) 01/31/17
SB 805Carrico – Vehicle registration fees; funds for Department of State Police. (S) Committee on Finance (S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N) 01/25/17
SB 873Marsden – Authority of fire chief over unmanned aircraft systems at a fire, etc.; civil liability. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(S) House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) 02/23/17
SB 885Locke – Tests for infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B, C virus; order of magistrate. (S) Committee on Education and Health (S) Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) 01/26/17
SB 888Chafin – Civil immunity; emergency services and communications. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice (S) Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) 01/30/17
SB 896Ruff – Volunteer Firefighters’ and Rescue Squad Workers’ Service Award Fund Board; meetings. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 209 (effective 7/1/17) 02/23/17
SB 939Lucas – Line of Duty Act; death benefit eligibility; Department of Military Affairs employees. (S) Committee on Finance (S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance with letter (16-Y 0-N) 02/01/17
SB 980Stanley – Statewide Fire Prevention Code; State Fire Marshal; consumer fireworks; penalties. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology (S) Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (10-Y 5-N) 01/23/17
SB 1054Stuart – Fire alarms; maliciously activating, penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) 02/22/17
SB 1064Deeds – Mental health awareness training; law enforcement officers, firefighters, etc. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Courts of Justice 02/21/17
SB 1118McPike – Line of Duty Act; Act includes firefighter trainees. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance

(H) VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) 02/22/17
SB 1119McPike – Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. (S) Committee on Finance (S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N) 02/02/17
SB 1120McPike – Workers’ compensation; volunteer firemen and emergency medical services personnel. (S) Committee on Commerce and Labor (S) Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (5-Y 9-N) 01/30/17
SB 1198DeSteph – Operators of emergency vehicles; completion of Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(H) Left in General Laws 02/21/17
SB 1279McDougle – Flashing amber lights; vehicles used to collect and deliver packages. (H) Committee on Transportation

(S) Committee on Transportation

(G) Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017 02/23/17
SB 1365Edwards – Statewide Fire Prevention Code; authority of Va. Fire Services Bd., fees for school inspections. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology (S) Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (5-Y 10-N) 01/30/17
SB 1433Reeves – Consumer fireworks; regulation of sale, permit issued by Board of Housing and Community Development. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology (S) Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (4-Y 11-N) 01/23/17
SB 1512Surovell – Charitable gaming; conduct of games, special permits. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology

(S) House amendments agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N) 02/22/17
SJ 343McPike – Commending the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department.   (H) Agreed to by House by voice vote 02/10/17
SR 128Peake – Commending Amherst Fire Department.   (S) Failed to pass in Senate 02/25/17