Cord Blood Bank Initiative; established. (SB370)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Cord Blood Bank Initiative. Establishes the Virginia Cord Blood Bank Initiative as a public resource for Virginians for the treatment of patients with life-threatening illnesses or debilitating conditions, for use in advancing basic and clinical research, and, in the event of a terrorist attack, to be used in the treatment of the injured citizens of the Commonwealth. The Initiative will be established as a nonprofit legal entity to collect, screen for infectious and genetic diseases, perform tissue typing on, cryopreserve, and store umbilical cord blood and will be a collaborative consortium covering all geographical regions of Virginia. The State Health Commissioner will develop or arrange for or contract with a nonprofit entity for the development of the Initiative. The medical schools, hospitals, biotechnology companies, regional blood banks, laboratories, and others will be requested to participate and assist in the design and implementation of the Initiative. Participants will estimate the costs of implementation and the Commissioner will assist in the development of cost estimates, compare and evaluate the estimates, and negotiate with the participants. The Commissioner will also coordinate the design of the Initiative, such as appropriate contact with pregnant women, obtaining informed consent for donations, storage periods, recycling of the samples and the sale or transfer of the samples being withdrawn from storage for use in basic or clinical research, and the development of reasonable rates and fees for cord blood products. The Initiative will conduct outreach and research, particularly for ethnic and racial minorities. Information will be disseminated through health departments and Medicaid. Women will be offered the opportunity to donate umbilical cord blood; however, no woman will be required to make a cord blood donation. Health care entities must disclose financial remuneration for the collection of the cord blood prior to harvesting it. No person who objects to transfusion or transplantation of blood on the basis of bona fide religious beliefs will be required to participate in the Initiative. The Initiative will be implemented with such funds as may be appropriated or otherwise made available for its purpose. The Commissioner must, upon implementation of the Initiative, seek the development of a nonprofit entity to assume the operation and administration of it and may seek federal, state, and private grant funds for its continuation. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee to Study Medical, Ethical, and Scientific Issues Relating to Stem Cell Research in the Commonwealth (HJR 588 of 2005). This bill is identical to HB 413. Read the Bill »


04/05/2006: signed by governor


01/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 062010816
01/11/2006Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB370)
01/19/2006Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
01/19/2006Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2006Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
02/08/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006Read second time
02/09/2006Reading of amendment waived
02/09/2006Committee amendment agreed to
02/09/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended SB370E
02/09/2006Printed as engrossed 062010816-E
02/10/2006Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006Communicated to House
02/14/2006Placed on Calendar
02/14/2006Read first time
02/14/2006Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/16/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB370E)
02/21/2006Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/21/2006Committee substitute printed 064789816-H1
02/21/2006Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/23/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB370H1)
02/24/2006Assigned App. sub: Health and Human Resources (Hamilton)
03/06/2006Reported from Appropriations (24-Y 0-N)
03/07/2006Read second time
03/08/2006Read third time
03/08/2006Committee substitute agreed to 064789816-H1
03/08/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB370H1
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 rejected by Senate (1-Y 37-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (1-Y 37-N)
03/09/2006House insisted on substitute
03/09/2006House requested conference committee
03/09/2006Senate acceded to request (31-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (31-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by Senate
03/09/2006Senators: Saslaw, Herring, Bell
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2006Delegates: Marshall, R.G., Nutter, Howell, A.T.
03/11/2006Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/11/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
03/11/2006Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/11/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
03/21/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB370ER)
03/21/2006Signed by Speaker
03/22/2006Signed by President
03/24/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB370ER)
04/05/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 735 (effective 7/1/06)
04/17/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0735)