Dead human bodies; absence of next of kin, disposition of remains, prerequisites for cremation. (SB77)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patron Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Disposition of remains; definition of "next of kin." Expands the definition of "next of kin" as used in the context of authority to make decisions regarding disposition of a decedent's remains to include any person who consents to pay the costs of disposition of the decedent's remains upon his death. Currently, "next of kin" includes any person designated to make arrangements for the disposition of the decedent's remains upon his death pursuant to a signed and notarized writing or the legal spouse, adult child, parent, sibling, grandparent, guardian of a minor, guardian of minor siblings, or any other relative of the decedent in descending order of blood relationship. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/20/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100296D
12/20/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/13/2014Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 0-N)
01/13/2014Rereferred to Education and Health
01/16/2014Committee substitute printed 14104037D-S1
01/16/2014Reported from Education and Health with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/20/2014Read second time
01/20/2014Reading of substitute waived
01/20/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104037D-S1
01/20/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB77S1
01/21/2014Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
01/24/2014Placed on Calendar
01/24/2014Read first time
01/24/2014Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/18/2014Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2014Committee substitute printed 14104981D-H1
02/19/2014Read second time
02/20/2014Passed by for the day
02/21/2014Read third time
02/21/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104981D-H1
02/21/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB77H1
02/21/2014Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2014Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/21/2014Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2014Title replaced 14104981D-H1
02/27/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB77ER)
02/27/2014Signed by Speaker
03/01/2014Signed by President
03/27/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 355 (effective 7/1/14)
03/27/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0355)


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 1 minute.