Child abuse and neglect; reporting requirements by ministers of religion. (SB253)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon), Del. Vince Callahan (R-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria), Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. Requires any adult who has received training in the detection of child abuse and neglect to report it to the local department of social services or the Department of Social Services' toll-free hotline. The bill exempts from the mandatory reporting requirement information required by the doctrine of the religious organization or denomination to be kept in a confidential manner and information that the practitioner would not be required to disclose in court testimony pursuant to other Code provisions. Read the Bill »


04/06/2006: signed by governor


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 061150744
01/10/2006Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/25/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB253)
01/27/2006Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (8-Y 6-N)
01/30/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/30/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
01/31/2006Read second time
01/31/2006Committee amendment agreed to
01/31/2006Reading of amendment waived
01/31/2006Amendment by Senator Cuccinelli rejected
01/31/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended SB253E
01/31/2006Printed as engrossed 061150744-E
02/01/2006Passed by for the day
02/02/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB253E)
02/02/2006Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)
02/02/2006VOTE: (21-Y 18-N)
02/02/2006Communicated to House
02/14/2006Placed on Calendar
02/14/2006Read first time
02/14/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2006Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
03/03/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
03/06/2006Committee substitute printed 061437744-H1
03/07/2006Read second time
03/08/2006Read third time
03/08/2006Committee substitute agreed to 061437744-H1
03/08/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB253H1
03/08/2006Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2006VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
03/15/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB253ER)
03/15/2006Signed by Speaker
03/16/2006Signed by President
03/17/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB253ER)
04/06/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 801 (effective 1/1/07)
04/17/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0801)