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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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