Foster care; numerous changes to laws governing provision of services in the Commonwealth. (SB1339)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from 37 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Foster care omnibus. Makes numerous changes to the laws governing the provision of foster care services in the Commonwealth. Among other things, the bill (i) allows the Commissioner of Social Services to develop and implement a corrective action plan for or assume temporary control over the foster care services of a local board of social services upon determining that the local board (a) has failed to provide foster care services or make placement and removal decisions in accordance with applicable laws or regulations or (b) has taken any action that poses a substantial risk to the health, safety, or well-being of any child under its supervision and control; (ii) requires the Commissioner to create within the State Department of Social Services (the Department) a foster care health and safety director position; (iii) directs the Commissioner to establish and maintain a confidential hotline to receive reports and complaints from foster parents and other persons regarding violations of laws or regulations applicable to foster care and any other matters related to the health, safety, or well-being of children in foster care; (iv) directs the Department to develop and implement a more reliable, structured, and comprehensive case review and quality improvement process to monitor and improve foster care services provided by local boards and departments of social services; and (v) requires the Department to establish and update annually a caseload standard that limits the number of foster care cases that may be assigned to each foster care caseworker. Amends § 63.2-209, § 63.2-900, § 63.2-900.1, § 63.2-904, § 63.2-906, § 63.2-907, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

02/05/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Finance Committee

History

DateAction
01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102687D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/18/2019Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/27/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1339)
01/29/2019Reported from Finance with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Read second time
01/31/2019Reading of amendment waived
01/31/2019Committee amendment agreed to
01/31/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1339E
01/31/2019Printed as engrossed 19102687D-E
02/01/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1339E)
02/05/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/18/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2019Reported from Appropriations with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Read second time
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2019Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/20/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Enrolled
02/23/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1339ER)
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
02/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1339ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 446 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0446)

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