Uniform Power of Attorney Act; created. (SB855)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA). Establishes in the Code of Virginia the Uniform Act that was adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2006. The Act consists of default rules that can be modified if the principal desires. Powers of attorney will be durable unless drafted to expire upon a specified date or event. The UPPOA addresses creation and use, good faith reliance, limitations of agent's powers, refusal to recognize, judicial review, notification of resignation, and other matters. The Act contains an optional statutory form. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/29/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09
12/29/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091509228
12/29/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2009Introduced bill reprinted 091509228
01/13/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/26/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/20/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Read second time
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Committee amendments #'s 1-6 agreed to
02/25/2009Amendment by Delegate Athey agreed to
02/25/2009No action taken on committee amendment # 7
02/25/2009Engrossed by House as amended
02/25/2009Passed House with amendments (71-Y 25-N)
02/25/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (71-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009House amendments rejected by Senate (3-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009House insisted on amendments
02/26/2009House requested conference committee
02/26/2009Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2009Delegates: Athey, Kilgore, Johnson
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2009Senators: Edwards, Deeds, Obenshain
02/28/2009Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Conference report agreed to by House (87-Y 12-N)
02/28/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (87-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB855ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009House concurred in Governor's recommendation (87-Y 9-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (87-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/08/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB855ER2)
04/08/2009Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/2009Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 830 (effective - see bill)
04/08/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0830)
04/14/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB855ER2)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 13 minutes.