Public schools; possession and administration of auto-injectable epinephrine. (SB656)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; administration of auto-injectable epinephrine.  Provides that local school boards may develop policies to maintain a supply of auto-injectable epinephrine. The school nurse, or a trained and authorized school board employee if a nurse is unavailable, would be able to administer or provide auto-injectable epinephrine to a student with a prescription on file or a student believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction. Neither the school nurse nor the authorized and trained school board employee shall be liable for any civil damages for ordinary negligence when acting in good faith. Amends § 22.1-274, § 22.1-274.2, § 54.1-3303, § 54.1-3408, § 8.01-225, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2012Unanimous consent to introduce
01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12103917D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/2012Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Committee substitute printed 12104746D-S1
02/10/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/13/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104746D-S1
02/13/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB656S1
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Placed on Calendar
02/17/2012Read first time
02/17/2012Referred to Committee on Education
02/21/2012Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
02/23/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/29/2012Reported from Education with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2012Read second time
03/02/2012Read third time
03/02/2012Committee amendments agreed to
03/02/2012Engrossed by House as amended
03/02/2012Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/02/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB656ER)
03/08/2012Signed by Speaker
03/09/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB656ER)
03/09/2012Signed 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 (95-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (SB656ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 833 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0833)


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 45 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1107.


Daria Weber writes:

One epi autoinjector cost about $90, if you can get a discount, and is good for 2 years. Schools will need one for the building and one to go on field trips, as well as a Junior and Regular dose for elementary schools.
25 vials of epi can be purchased for around $50.
You do the math, for yet another unfunded mandate in very trying budget times.
However, a lay perons will have difficulty and not want to learn how to draw this up.
Why not legislate that school nurses at the RN level are required in all Virginia public schools if we are really interested in the safety of our children.