Business records; admissibility as evidence in any civil proceeding. (HB301)

Introduced By

Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Admissibility of business records. Provides that the authentication and foundation necessary for the admission of a business record under the business records exception to the rule against hearsay may be laid by witness testimony, a certificate of authenticity of and foundation for the record made by the record's custodian or another qualified witness, or a combination of testimony and a certification. The bill also provides that the proponent of the record must give written notice to all other parties reasonably in advance of the trial or hearing if a certification will be relied on for the admission of such record and provide a copy of the record and certification to all other parties. If any party objects to the use of the certification, the authentication and foundation necessary for the admission of the record must be made by witness testimony. This bill is a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/31/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100528D
12/31/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/13/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/20/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2014Read first time
01/23/2014Read second time and engrossed
01/24/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
01/24/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2014Committee substitute printed 14105065D-S1
02/18/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/2014Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/2014Read third time
02/19/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105065D-S1
02/19/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB301S1
02/19/2014Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Placed on Calendar
02/21/2014Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105065D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB301ER)
02/25/2014Signed by Speaker
02/27/2014Signed by President
03/31/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 398 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0398)


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 2 minutes.