Virginia Child Protection Accountability System; established. (HB1904)

Introduced By

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Child Protection Accountability System. Establishes the Virginia Child Protection Accountability System to collect and make available to the public information on the response to reported cases of child abuse in the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091293416
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2009Assigned HWI sub: Welfare
01/22/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1904)
02/05/2009Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Committee substitute printed 093268416-H1
02/05/2009Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2009Reported from Appropriations with substitute (23-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Committee substitute printed 091329416-H2
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute from HWI rejected 093268416-H1
02/09/2009Committee substitute from Appropriations agreed to 091329416-H2
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1904H2
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/16/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1904H2)
02/20/2009Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1904ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
02/28/2009Signed by President
03/03/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1904ER)
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 445 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0445)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1068.


Marsha Maines writes:

"intentions" are good - so long as "all" domestic violence calls are independently investigated and BOTH parties arrested until it is determined to be a valid domestic violence complaint or frivilous complaint designed to prevent one parent's access to their own children from the other parent. See Massachusetts for this issue - makes the 911 calls "public" and has CUT the police work/red tape dramatically while increasing ACCOUNTABILITY to the arguing parents for their own behaviour.

Billy Pushkin writes:

It sounds like Marsha may not understand the legislation. The legislation requires the state to track the total number of child abuse complaints, the total number deemed valid, the total number resulting in a report to the commonwealth attorney, the total number investigated and the results of the investigations and so on. It sounds like this is tracking allegations and it sounds like Marsha wants that, so what's the problem?

If there are cases where the allegation is false, it sounds like this bill would require the commonwealth to keep track of that. What is wrong with trying to keep track of child abuse in Virginia? Only people that have a vested interest in NOT investigating child abuse would be opposed to this bill.

Ken writes:

"Only people that have a vested interest in NOT investigating child abuse would be opposed to this bill."

People who do not wish to see the unchecked expansion of state power into family life also have good reason to be opposed to this bill.

Billy Pushkin writes:

Ken, how is "family life" disrupted? The bill tasks the government to keep track of allegations of abuse and the government's response to those allegations. That is all. It would entail government reporting on how the government performs it's duties. Anyone that complains about unaccountable bureaucrats twiddling their thumbs all day, wasting taxpayer dollars would be a friend of this bill. The bill does not authorize the government in anyway to intrude on family life, but merely keep track of the government's performance in its attempts to protect children that are being abused.