Overdoses; definition. (HB1500)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Safe reporting of overdoses. Establishes an affirmative defense to prosecution of an individual for (i) simple possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, or controlled paraphernalia; (ii) intoxication in public; or (iii) the unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol if such individual sought or obtained emergency medical attention for himself or for another individual because of a drug- or alcohol-related overdose and if the evidence for the charge was obtained as a result of the individual seeking or obtaining emergency medical attention. The bill provides that the affirmative defense may only be invoked by an individual who (a) remains at the scene of the overdose or at any location to which he is transported for emergency medical attention until a law-enforcement officer responds to the report of an overdose, (b) identifies himself to the responding law-enforcement officer, and (c) cooperates, upon request, with any criminal investigation reasonably related to the drug or alcohol that resulted in the overdose. No individual may assert this affirmative defense if the emergency medical attention sought or obtained was during the execution of an arrest warrant or search warrant or during the conduct of a lawful search. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100050D
01/05/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/15/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1500)
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 1-N)
02/06/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1500E
02/09/2015Printed as engrossed 15100050D-E
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1500E)
02/10/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Committee substitute printed 15105159D-S1
02/17/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Read third time
02/18/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105159D-S1
02/18/2015Passed by for the day
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1500S1
02/19/2015Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1500S1)
02/20/2015Placed on Calendar
02/23/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105159D-S1
02/23/2015VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2015House acceded to request
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2015Delegates: Carr, Gilbert, Bell, Robert B.
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2015Senators: Petersen, Stuart, Garrett
02/26/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/26/2015Conference substitute printed 15105588D-H1
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (34-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1500H1)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1500ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1500ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 436 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0436)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Lynn Abraham writes:

Passage should be approved because delay in reporting an overdose can result in death. Imagine also being arrested and charged after seeking medical treatment. Most people won't seek medical treatment if they know they will also be arrested for a potential felony. My family heistated to report my son's second ovevdose because of the felony arrest threat. We ultimately decided we rather have him alive and in jail and called 911 but unfortunately it was too late for him.

Tamara Carter writes:

I support this bill. My son, DannyRay Yetter, Died on June 13, 2014 while two girls sat beside him and watched instead of calling 911. It is believed because they were all doing something illegal. One of the girls had 2 kids in the house and a custody hearing coming up. I believe he would be alive today if they had called for help. Instead they covered up his death and waited hours before calling me after he was ice cold and claimed they couldn't wake him up for work. The police couldn't prosecute thir actions cause there are no laws on the books. Please pass these laws so this doesn't happen to other mothers.