Group homes and residential facilities; license applications. (SB340)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Group homes of eight or fewer; public notice and hearing; smoke detectors. Allows a locality to require any party wishing to establish a certain type of residential facility for the aged, infirm, disabled, or those with mental illness to provide public notice and participate in a public hearing. The bill requires the operator of such a facility to install smoke detectors regardless of when the building was constructed and directs the Board of Housing and Community Development to adopt regulations establishing standards for requiring smoke detectors. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102410D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/04/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB340)
02/04/2014Reported from Local Government with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/04/2014Committee substitute printed 14104830D-S1
02/06/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Read second time
02/07/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104830D-S1
02/07/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB340S1
02/10/2014Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/2014Placed on Calendar
02/12/2014Read first time
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/17/2014Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/27/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB340S1)
03/04/2014Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions


spotter writes:

With regard to smoke detectors, of course this should be enacted. Please google Scott Schuett, who ran six dangerous, disgusting adult homes in the Hampton Roads area. On a single visit to a single facility, state inspectors found NINE missing or dead smoke detector batteries. NINE. Scott Schuett then argued, in writing, that these were not critical violations.

It took a year and a half, from March 5, 2012 to October 1, 2013, to shut down these hellholes. Meanwhile, clients of our public social services departments, public community services boards, and public guardianship programs continued to suffer, month after month. Ninety percent of Scott Schuett's victims received state-funded auxiliary grants. This is state-sponsored, state-funded abuse and neglect of these vulnerable adults.