Counseling, Board of; qualification of members, etc. (HB2177)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), and Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Counseling; qualification of members. Reduces the number of professional counselors on the Board of Counseling from eight to six, increases the number of marriage and family therapists from two to three, increases the number of licensed substance abuse treatment practitioners from two to three, and requires at least two professional members representing each specialty to have been in active practice for at least four years. The bill eliminates the requirement that the professional members of the Board include two full-time faculty and two individuals engaged in private practice. The bill also removes certain conditions of initial appointment for professional members. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103499D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2013Assigned HWI sub: #3
01/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2177)
01/22/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
01/24/2013Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Read first time
01/28/2013Read second time
01/28/2013Committee amendment agreed to
01/28/2013Engrossed by House as amended HB2177E
01/28/2013Printed as engrossed 13103499D-E
01/29/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2177E)
01/29/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/29/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/04/2013Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/14/2013Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/18/2013Committee amendments agreed to
02/18/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/2013Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Placed on Calendar
02/19/2013Senate amendment agreed to by House (92-Y 1-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2177ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2177ER)
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 590 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0590)


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 1 minute.