Advance Health Care Directive Registry; created. (HB805)

Introduced By

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) with support from 10 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Al Eisenberg (D-Arlington), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Advance Health Care Directive Registry; creation. Requires the Department of Health to create and maintain a secure online central registry for advance health care directives. The registry shall be accessible to health care providers licensed by the Board, through a site maintained by the Department of Health. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086116500
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB805)
01/31/2008Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2008Committee substitute printed 084087500-H1
01/31/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/2008Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources (Hamilton)
02/07/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB805H1)
02/08/2008Reported from Appropriations with substitute (24-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2008Committee substitute printed 082583696-H2
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee substitute from Health, Welfare and Institutions rejected 084087500-H1
02/11/2008Committee substitute from Appropriations agreed to 082583696-H2
02/11/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB805H2
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House (95-Y 4-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (95-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/15/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB805H2)
02/21/2008Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/22/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Read third time
02/25/2008Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/27/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB805ER)
02/27/2008Signed by Speaker
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB805ER)
02/28/2008Signed by President
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 301 (effective 7/1/08)
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 301 (effective - see bill)
03/11/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0301)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB290.


Alison Hymes writes:

This will help increase cadaver organ donation by people who have signed up to be donors but whose family is not available to give consent in time for donation I think. Organ donors who have advance health care directives say so in the directive and transplant coordinators should be able to use the availability of this binding document to adhere to the wishes of deceased donors I think. Any lawyers who think it won't do this, please correct me, I am not a lawyer.

Brian Pace writes:

That's a good point, Alison - decisions about organ donation would certainly be able to be made quicker if an advance medical directive was pre-filed. Yet another reason why this bill is a Good Thing.

Old Town Lurker writes:

One aspect of this bill that might not be immediately apparent from reading the language is that it's a part of Englin's ongoing strategy to expand the rights of same-sex couples.

Brian Pace writes:

"Old Town Lurker,"

This is only true in that advance medical directive registries help everyone, and gay folk are included in that definition of everyone. I would assert that the single demographic with the most to stand to gain from passage of this bill is the elderly.

Alison Hymes writes:

Old town lurker, you would rather people die from organ failure than let same sex couples visit each other in the hospital???? WWJD?