Death; determination by specialist in field of neurology, neurosurgery, etc. (HB541)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Determination of death. Changes the definition of brain death to "the irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem" and removes the requirement for a second physician to declare such death when declared by a physician who is a specialist in the field of neurology, neurosurgery, electroencephalography, or critical care medicine. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100881D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2014Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/21/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2014Committee substitute printed 14104251D-H1
01/24/2014Read first time
01/27/2014Read second time
01/27/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104251D-H1
01/27/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB541H1
01/28/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/28/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB541)
01/28/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB541H1)
01/29/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/13/2014Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/17/2014Read third time
02/17/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB541ER)
02/19/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB541ER)
02/19/2014Signed by Speaker
02/21/2014Signed by President
03/03/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 73 (effective 7/1/14)
03/03/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0073)


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 30 seconds.