Child abuse; increases reporting period by health care providers on substance exposed infants. (HB507)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Suspected child abuse; substance exposed infants; reporting by physicians.  Increases the period of time during which a physician may make a finding that an infant is a substance exposed infant from seven to 30 days in cases in which the determination is based on a drug test of the infant, a diagnosis that the child has an illness, disease, or condition that may be attributed to in utero exposure to controlled substances, or a diagnosis that the infant has fetal alcohol syndrome. The bill also provides that a doctor may base his determination that an infant is a substance exposed infant on a finding that the infant was born dependent on a controlled substance and has demonstrated withdrawal symptoms or on the results of a toxicology study when such diagnosis is made or toxicology study is performed within seven days of the child's birth. Currently, the diagnosis must be made or the toxicology study must be performed within 48 hours of the child's birth. The bill also increases the period of time from 21 days to 30 days after the infant's birth during which a petition may be filed alleging that an investigation has been commenced in response to a report of suspected child abuse or neglect based on a finding by a doctor that an infant is a substance exposed infant. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102726D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/13/2012Assigned HWI sub: #1
01/16/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/17/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2012Committee substitute printed 12104278D-H1
01/18/2012Read first time
01/19/2012Read second time
01/19/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104278D-H1
01/19/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB507H1
01/20/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/20/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/23/2012Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Committee substitute printed 12105546D-S1
02/23/2012Passed by for the day
02/24/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105546D-S1
02/27/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB507S1
02/27/2012Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Placed on Calendar
02/29/2012Senate substitute agreed to by House 12105546D-S1 (96-Y 0-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB507ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 504 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0504)


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 1 minute.