Guardian ad litem; reimbursement for cost. (SB1343)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Reimbursement for cost of guardian ad litem. Codifies the requirement that, for cases in which a guardian ad litem has been appointed, a judge shall order a parent, guardian with custody of the child, or other party with a legitimate interest who has filed a petition in such case to reimburse the Commonwealth for the costs of the guardian. The bill provides that if a party is unable to pay, the judge may reduce or eliminate the reimbursement. The bill further provides that the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court shall administer the guardian ad litem program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103338D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1343)
02/01/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2017Committee substitute printed 17105120D-S1
02/02/2017Incorporates SB1488 (Marsden)
02/03/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105120D-S1
02/06/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1343S1
02/06/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Placed on Calendar
02/08/2017Read first time
02/08/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2017Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/13/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (9-Y 0-N)
02/20/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Read second time
02/22/2017Read third time
02/22/2017Committee amendments agreed to
02/22/2017Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/2017Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1343ER)
03/07/2017Signed by Speaker
03/10/2017Signed by President
03/13/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/20/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 676 (effective 7/1/17)
03/20/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0676)
03/21/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1343ER)