Human remains; proper handling by funeral establishment. (HB201)

Introduced By

Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Funeral services; handling of human remains.  Provides that (i) a funeral establishment shall ensure that a dead human body is embalmed or maintained in refrigeration at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less if it is to be stored for more than 48 hours; (ii) if a dead unembalmed human body is to be stored for more than 48 hours, it shall be maintained in a container that can be closed in order to provide complete covering for the body and is resistant to leakage or spillage; and (iii) dead human bodies shall not be transported or refrigerated together with animal remains. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103141D
01/08/2010Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB201)
01/20/2010Assigned HWI sub: #2
01/20/2010Assigned HWI sub: #3
01/28/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/02/2010Committee substitute printed 10104103D-H1
02/02/2010Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Read first time
02/04/2010Read second time
02/04/2010Committee substitute rejected 10104103D-H1
02/04/2010Floor substitute printed 10104999D-H2 (Alexander)
02/04/2010Substitute by Delegate Alexander agreed to 10104999D-H2
02/04/2010Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB201H2
02/08/2010Read third time and passed House (94-Y 3-N)
02/08/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (94-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB201H2)
02/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/17/2010Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Rereferred to Education and Health
02/23/2010Assigned Education sub: Health Licensing
03/04/2010Reported from Education and Health with substitute (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2010Committee substitute printed 10105840D-S1
03/05/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Read third time
03/08/2010Reading of substitute waived
03/08/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105840D-S1
03/08/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB201S1
03/08/2010Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Placed on Calendar
03/09/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB201S1)
03/10/2010Senate substitute agreed to by House 10105840D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
03/10/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB201ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/24/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB201ER)
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/13/2010Governor's recommendation received by House
04/20/2010Placed on Calendar
04/21/2010House concurred in Governor's recommendation (95-Y 0-N)
04/21/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/21/2010Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/21/2010G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/21/2010Reenrolled bill text (HB201ER2)
04/21/2010Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/21/2010Signed by President as reenrolled
04/21/2010Enacted, Chapter 823 (effective 7/1/10)
04/21/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0823)


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 1 minute.


Lindsey Roivas writes:

what if someone wants to have their dog buried with them ? then the dead human remains should be transported with animal remains !!! it should be up to the individual.