Blood samples; person authorized to take samples pursuant to a search warrant, immunity. (SB832)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Taking blood samples pursuant to search warrant; qualified immunity. Provides that no civil liability will attach to a person authorized to withdraw blood pursuant to a search warrant if the sample is taken in accordance with recognized medical procedures and no negligence is present. The bill also designates the medical professionals who may take samples and some of the procedures that must be used in taking a sample. The bill includes a Class 3 misdemeanor for reusing single-use-only needles and mirrors language elsewhere in the Code ( 18.2-268.5) regarding the taking of blood samples for driving under the influence. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102798D
01/05/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2015Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Read second time and engrossed
01/20/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB832)
01/20/2015Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2015Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2015Passed Senate (33-Y 6-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Placed on Calendar
01/30/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/09/2015Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/16/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/20/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Committee substitute printed 15105002D-H1
02/23/2015Read second time
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105002D-H1
02/24/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB832H1
02/24/2015Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Title replaced 15105002D-H1
02/27/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB832H1)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB832ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB832ER)
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 425 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0425)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.