Veterans; Commissioner et al., to establish comprehensive program to address mental health needs. (SB297)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield), Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond), Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell), Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Veterans Services; mental health program. Requires the Commissioner of Veterans Services to establish, in cooperation with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Rehabilitative Services, a comprehensive program to address the unique mental health needs of veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, and seek additional federal, state, and private sources of funding for such program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084016304
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2008Assigned Education sub: Health Care
01/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB297)
01/24/2008Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2008Committee substitute printed 084082304-S1
01/24/2008Rereferred to Finance
01/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB297S1)
02/06/2008Reported from Finance with amendments (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Read second time
02/08/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2008Committee substitute agreed to 084082304-S1
02/08/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/08/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB297ES1
02/08/2008Printed as engrossed 084082304-ES1
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/14/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB297ES1)
02/26/2008Assigned App. sub: Public Safety (Sherwood)
02/27/2008Reported from Appropriations with substitute (23-Y 0-N)
02/28/2008Committee substitute printed 082424304-H1
02/29/2008Read second time
03/03/2008Read third time
03/03/2008Committee substitute agreed to 082424304-H1
03/03/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB297H1
03/03/2008Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB297H1)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB297ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB297ER)
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 754 (effective 7/1/08)