Child abuse and neglect; victims of sex trafficking, etc. (HB2597)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child abuse and neglect report or complaint; victims of sex trafficking; taking child victim into custody. Requires a local department of social services to conduct a sex trafficking assessment upon receiving a complaint of suspected child abuse that is based upon information and allegations that a child is a victim of sex trafficking, provided that the local department has not determined that a separate investigation or family assessment is required. The bill also allows a child-protective services worker of a local department responding to such complaint to take the child victim into custody and allows the local department to maintain custody of the child for up to 72 hours without prior approval of a parent or guardian. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. This bill is identical to SB 1661. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104111D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/16/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2597)
01/21/2019Committee substitute printed 19105105D-H1
01/21/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
01/23/2019Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/23/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/28/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2597H1)
01/30/2019Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105105D-H1
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2597H1
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2019Committee substitute printed 19106816D-S1
02/11/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Rereferred to Finance
02/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2597S1)
02/13/2019Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Read third time
02/15/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/15/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106816D-S1
02/15/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2597S1
02/15/2019Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Placed on Calendar
02/19/2019Senate substitute agreed to by House 19106816D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2597ER)
02/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2597ER)
02/22/2019Signed by Speaker
02/22/2019Signed by President
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/14/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 381 (effective 7/1/19)
03/14/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0381)