Adoption laws; changes in provisions. (HB727)

Introduced By

Del. Michele McQuigg (R-Occoquan) with support from co-patrons Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Rob Wittman (R-Montross), and Sen. Jay O'Brien (R-Clifton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Administrative changes to adoption laws. Expands jurisdiction and venue choices for parties involved in adoption, reduces the review time of an adoption petition, and adds factors for the court to consider when determining whether or not to grant an adoption petition. Additionally, the bill sets out the procedure for close relative adoptions. The bill also makes several other administrative changes to the adoption laws to make navigating through the adoption process easier and to facilitate use of the process by all involved. Read the Bill »


04/19/2006: enacted


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 061263412
01/10/2006Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/19/2006Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/19/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/07/2006Committee substitute printed 062868412-H1
02/08/2006Read first time
02/09/2006Read second time
02/09/2006Committee substitute agreed to 062868412-H1
02/09/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB727H1
02/10/2006Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006Communicated to Senate
02/13/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB727H1)
03/01/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
03/02/2006Committee substitute printed 064659412-S1
03/03/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
03/03/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
03/06/2006Read third time
03/06/2006Reading of substitute waived
03/06/2006Committee substitute agreed to 064659412-S1
03/06/2006Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB727S1
03/06/2006Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2006Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2006Placed on Calendar
03/08/2006Senate substitute rejected by House (1-Y 94-N)
03/08/2006VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 94-N)
03/09/2006Senate insisted on substitute (37-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (37-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006Senate requested conference committee
03/09/2006House acceded to request
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2006Delegates: McQuigg, Athey, Toscano
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by Senate
03/09/2006Senators: O'Brien, Quayle, Herring
03/10/2006Conference substitute printed 062912412-H2
03/10/2006Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/10/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
03/10/2006Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
03/10/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N)
03/21/2006Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB727ER)
03/21/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB727ER)
03/21/2006Signed by Speaker
03/22/2006Signed by President
04/11/2006Governor's recommendation received by House
04/18/2006Placed on Calendar
04/19/2006House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
04/19/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
04/19/2006Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 0-N)
04/19/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
04/19/2006G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/19/2006Reenrolled bill text (HB727ER2)
04/19/2006Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/19/2006Signed by President as reenrolled
04/19/2006Enacted, Chapter 848 (effective 7/1/06)
04/19/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0848)