Fire or rescue volunteers; mental health treatment, funding by locality. (SB79)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fire or rescue volunteers; mental health treatment; funding by locality. Allows any locality to fund the cost of participation in mental health treatment and counseling programs by a member of a volunteer fire or rescue company. A mental health program in which such volunteers are eligible to participate must be comparable to an employee assistance program offered to paid employees of the locality. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/21/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101918D
12/21/2015Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/18/2016Impact statement from DHCD (SB79)
01/19/2016Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2016Committee substitute printed 16104529D-S1
01/19/2016Incorporates SB134
01/20/2016Incorporates SB134
01/21/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2016Read second time
01/25/2016Reading of substitute waived
01/25/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104529D-S1
01/25/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB79S1
01/26/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2016Impact statement from DHCD (SB79S1)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/19/2016Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Read second time
02/23/2016Read third time
02/23/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/23/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB79ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 207 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0207)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB233, SB134 and HB199.