In utero exposure to a controlled substance; departments of social services to collect information. (HB1786)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


In utero exposure to a controlled substance. Requires local departments of social services to collect information during a family assessment to determine whether the mother of a child who was exposed in utero to a controlled substance sought substance abuse counseling or treatment prior to the child's birth. The bill requires mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect to make a report if they have reason to believe that a child was exposed in utero to a controlled substance or affected by such exposure. Under current law, mandated reporters are required to report such suspicions only if the controlled substance was not prescribed to the mother by a physician. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101957D
01/09/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/12/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/19/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1786)
01/31/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/31/2017Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2017Committee substitute printed 17104727D-H1
02/02/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2017Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/03/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1786H1)
02/03/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/03/2017Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104727D-H1
02/06/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1786H1
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/10/2017Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Read third time
02/14/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1786ER)
02/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1786ER)
02/16/2017Signed by Speaker
02/17/2017Signed by President
02/17/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 177 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 176 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0176)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1086.


Stephanie Sterner writes:

Does the bill and the identical one (SB1086) provide funding for the mother who was accused of substance abuse,to honor these bills requirements to seek substance abuse counseling or treatment? Or does it put all the cost burden on the mother,and does the child go to the state if she loses custody-due to being poor?