Background checks; requirement for employees, etc. that work for children's residential facilities. (SB1208)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Background check required; children's residential facilities. Strengthens criminalbackground check requirements for employees, volunteers, and providers of contractual services to children's residential facilities. Requires Departments to obtain the results of the background check before allowing an applicant to work with children. Adds numerous statutory offenses, including abduction, carjacking, threats, stalking, use of a machine gun, child pornography, incest, and felony drug possession, to the list of crimes that preclude employment at children's residential facilities. Additional offenses parallel those identified as "barrier crimes" in 63.2-1719. Permits a children's residential facility to hire applicants with a misdemeanor conviction for assault and battery, provided 10 years have elapsed and the offense did not occur in the context of former employment or volunteer work. Prohibits state children's residential facilities from hiring employees or accepting volunteers who have a founded case of child abuse or neglect. The new requirements only apply to persons who were not working or volunteering at the facility prior to July 1, 2007. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 071718116
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/17/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1208)
02/05/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Communicated to House
02/07/2007Placed on Calendar
02/07/2007Read first time
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/13/2007Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Read second time
02/15/2007Read third time
02/15/2007Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2007Engrossed by House as amended
02/15/2007Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007VOTE: (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1208ER)
03/01/2007Signed by Speaker
03/02/2007Signed by President
03/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1208ER)
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 573 (effective 7/1/07)
04/03/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0573)