Child abuse and neglect investigations; time for determination. (HB709)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from co-patron Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child abuse and neglect investigations; time for determination. Eliminates the option for extending investigations and determinations in cases of alleged child abuse or neglect from 45 days to 60 days upon written justification of the local department, but provides an exception for cases in which the local department of social services investigates the complaint in cooperation with the local law-enforcement agency, in which case the time for investigation and determination may be extended by an additional 45 days, for a period not to exceed 90 days. Amends § 63.2-1505, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/07/2014 Committee
  • 01/07/2014 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102942D
  • 01/07/2014 Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
  • 01/23/2014 Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/23/2014 Committee substitute printed 14104213D-H1
  • 01/24/2014 Read first time
  • 01/27/2014 Read second time
  • 01/27/2014 Committee substitute agreed to 14104213D-H1
  • 01/27/2014 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB709H1
  • 01/28/2014 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
  • 01/28/2014 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/28/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB709)
  • 01/28/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB709H1)
  • 01/29/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/29/2014 Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
  • 02/21/2014 Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
  • 02/24/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/25/2014 Read third time
  • 02/25/2014 Reading of amendments waived
  • 02/25/2014 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 02/25/2014 Engrossed by Senate as amended
  • 02/25/2014 Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/26/2014 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/27/2014 Senate amendments rejected by House (1-Y 98-N)
  • 02/27/2014 VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/03/2014 Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/03/2014 Senate requested conference committee
  • 03/04/2014 House acceded to request
  • 03/05/2014 Conferees appointed by House
  • 03/05/2014 Delegates: Gilbert, Bell, R.B., BaCote
  • 03/05/2014 Conferees appointed by Senate
  • 03/05/2014 Senators: Favola, Barker, Wagner
  • 03/06/2014 C Amended by conference committee
  • 03/06/2014 Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
  • 03/06/2014 VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/07/2014 Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
  • 03/17/2014 Enrolled
  • 03/17/2014 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB709ER)
  • 03/17/2014 Signed by President
  • 03/18/2014 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/19/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB709ER)
  • 04/03/2014 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 504 (effective 7/1/14)
  • 04/03/2014 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0504)


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.