Dead bodies; disposition of remains or burial of decedent. (SB951)

Introduced By

Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Disposition of dead bodies. Clarifies the role of a person other than a decedent's next of kin, a person designated to make arrangements for the decedent's burial or the disposition of his remains, an agent named in an advance directive, or a court-appointed guardian to make decisions regarding the disposition of a decedent's remains. The bill defines "disposition" as the burial, interment, entombment, cremation, or other authorized disposition of a dead body. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100228D
01/09/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/2015Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Rereferred to Education and Health
01/20/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB951)
01/29/2015Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2015Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/10/2015Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
02/17/2015Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015Committee substitute printed 15105158D-H1
02/18/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB951H1)
02/18/2015Read second time
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105158D-H1
02/19/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB951H1
02/19/2015Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Title replaced 15105158D-H1
02/25/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB951ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB951ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 670 (effective 7/1/15)
03/27/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0670)