Public Guardianship Program; authority to make funeral arrangements. (HB856)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public Guardianship Program; authority to make funeral arrangements. Authorizes a public guardian or conservator to make funeral, cremation, or burial arrangements if the public guardian or conservator is not aware of any person that has been otherwise designated to make the arrangements as set forth in 54.1-2825. A public guardian or conservator may make funeral or burial arrangements if the public guardian or conservator has made a good faith effort to locate the next of kin to determine if the next of kin wishes to make the burial, cremation or funeral arrangements and the next of kin of the incapacitated person does not wish to make the arrangements. Good faith effort includes contacting the next of kin identified in the petition for appointment of a guardian or conservator. When in compliance with the law, funeral service licensees, funeral service establishments, registered crematoria, and public guardians and conservators are provided immunity from civil liability for any act, decision, or omission resulting from acceptance of any dead body for disposition, unless such acts, decisions, or omissions resulted from bad faith or malicious intent. Read the Bill »


04/19/2006: enacted


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 063516300
01/10/2006Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB856)
01/24/2006Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (21-Y 0-N)
01/25/2006Read first time
01/26/2006Read second time
01/26/2006Committee amendment agreed to
01/26/2006Engrossed by House as amended HB856E
01/26/2006Printed as engrossed 063516300-E
01/27/2006Passed by for the day
01/30/2006Passed by for the day
01/31/2006Read third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N 1-A)
01/31/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N 1-A)
01/31/2006Communicated to Senate
02/01/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2006Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB856E)
02/16/2006Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/17/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/17/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2006Read third time
02/20/2006Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2006Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2006Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2006Placed on Calendar
02/22/2006Senate amendment agreed to by House (95-Y 2-N)
02/22/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 2-N)
02/28/2006Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB856ER)
02/28/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB856ER)
03/01/2006Signed by Speaker
03/02/2006Signed by President
04/11/2006Governor's recommendation received by House
04/18/2006Placed on Calendar
04/19/2006House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 1-N)
04/19/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-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 (HB856ER2)
04/19/2006Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/19/2006Signed by President as reenrolled
04/19/2006Enacted, Chapter 854 (effective 7/1/06)
04/19/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0854)