Child abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting, penalties. (SB239)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patrons Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), and Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Suspected child abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting; penalties.  Reduces the time allowed for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by a mandated reporter from 72 hours to 24 hours and provides that failure to report is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor for the first failure and a Class 1 misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense. Current law is a fine of not more than $500 for a first offense and not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103167D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/20/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB239)
01/30/2012Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
02/03/2012Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104868D-S1
02/06/2012Incorporates SB265
02/06/2012Incorporates SB303
02/06/2012Incorporates SB622
02/06/2012Incorporates SB296
02/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB239S1)
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read second time
02/07/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104868D-S1
02/07/2012Passed by for the day
02/08/2012Read second time
02/08/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/08/2012Amendment by Senator Carrico rejected (16-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB239S1
02/09/2012Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/23/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Read second time
02/27/2012Engrossed by House as amended SB239
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/27/2012Engrossed by House as amended
02/27/2012Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/27/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB239ER)
03/05/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB239ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (94-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (SB239ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 815 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0815)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 16 minutes.


Scott D. Landry writes:

I wish CPS units would learn from Senator Stuart's sense of urgency evident from this bill. I'm afraid that those in the trenches - teachers and guidance counselors will be immediately reporting only to continue to have the vast majority of such reports "screened out", i.e. dismissed/ignored. How could we mandate an investigation once reported? No point to immediately report without follow-through. Hats off to Senator Stuart at least taking child abuse serious.