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


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