Child abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting, penalties. (HB1237)

Introduced By

Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patrons Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg), and Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory reporting of child abuse; penalty; damages.  Adds individuals associated with or employed by any public organization responsible for the care, custody, or control of children, any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education, and any other person with responsibility for the care, control, or custody of children to the list of individuals required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The bill increases the penalty for failure of a person required to make a mandatory report of suspected child abuse or neglect from $500 for the first failure and not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for any subsequent failures to a Class 1 misdemeanor, except that in cases involving sexual abuse or that result in serious bodily injury to or death of a child, the individual is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that any individual who suffers a loss as a result of the failure of a person required to make a mandatory report to make the required report shall be entitled to a civil action to recover damages, attorney fees, and court costs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12103330D
01/20/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB1237)
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/24/2012Assigned HWI sub: #2
01/27/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1237)
01/31/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/02/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Committee substitute printed 12104891D-H1
02/03/2012Read first time
02/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1237H1)
02/06/2012Read second time
02/06/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104891D-H1
02/06/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1237H1
02/07/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/07/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/17/2012Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
02/24/2012Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (11-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Read third time
02/28/2012Reading of amendments waived
02/28/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/28/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/28/2012Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Placed on Calendar
03/01/2012Senate amendments agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/01/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1237ER)
03/07/2012Signed by Speaker
03/08/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1237ER)
03/08/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 728 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0728)


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 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB622.