Drug overdose fatality review teams, local or regional; localities to establish. (SB399)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) with support from co-patrons Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local or regional overdose fatality review teams. Authorizes any county or city, or any combination of counties, cities, or counties and cities, to establish a local or regional overdose fatality review team for the purpose of (i) conducting contemporaneous reviews of local overdose deaths, (ii) promoting cooperation and coordination among agencies involved in investigations of overdose deaths or in providing services to surviving family members, (iii) developing an understanding of the causes and incidence of overdose deaths in the locality, (iv) developing plans for and recommending changes within the agencies represented on the local team to prevent overdose deaths, and (v) advising the Department of Health and other relevant state agencies on changes to law, policy, or practice to prevent overdose deaths. The bill authorizes a local or regional team to review the death of any person who resides in the Commonwealth and whose death was or is suspected to be due to overdose. A violation of the confidentiality of the review process is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101721D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/22/2018Assigned Education sub: Health
01/25/2018Committee substitute printed 18106095D-S1
01/25/2018Reported from Education and Health with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Read second time
01/29/2018Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106095D-S1
01/29/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB399S1
01/30/2018Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Impact statement from VDH (SB399S1)
02/05/2018Placed on Calendar
02/05/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/20/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Read second time
02/23/2018Read third time
02/23/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB399ER)
02/27/2018Impact statement from VDH (SB399ER)
02/27/2018Signed by Speaker
03/02/2018Signed by President
03/05/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 5, 2018
03/05/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 600 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0600)