Lyme disease; physicians to disclose information to patients, licensees immune from civil liability. (SB971)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Lyme disease; disclosure of information to patients. Requires physicians to provide each patient for whom a test for the presence of Lyme disease is ordered with a notice about Lyme disease, about testing for Lyme disease, and about the need to contact his physician with questions or concerns about Lyme disease. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13
01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101234D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/14/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB971)
01/24/2013Reported from Education and Health with amendment (10-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Read second time
01/28/2013Reading of amendment waived
01/28/2013Committee amendment rejected
01/28/2013Floor substitute printed 13104652D-S1 (Black)
01/28/2013Reading of substitute waived
01/28/2013Substitute by Senator Black agreed to 13104652D-S1
01/28/2013Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB971S1
01/29/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB971S1)
01/29/2013Pending question ordered (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Placed on Calendar
02/05/2013Read first time
02/05/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/07/2013Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2013Committee substitute printed 13105016D-H1
02/08/2013Read second time
02/11/2013Read third time
02/11/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105016D-H1
02/11/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB971H1
02/11/2013Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB971H1)
02/13/2013House substitute rejected by Senate (9-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013House insisted on substitute
02/14/2013House requested conference committee
02/18/2013Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Conferees appointed by Senate
02/18/2013Senators: Black, Howell, Northam
02/23/2013No further action taken
02/23/2013Failed to pass in Senate


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 40 minutes.