Children's Ombudsman, Office of the; established. (HB1301)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Terry Austin (R-Buchanan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Office of the Children's Ombudsman established. Establishes the Office of the Children's Ombudsman as a means of effecting changes in policy, procedure, and legislation; educating the public; investigating and reviewing actions of the State Department of Social Services, local departments of social services, child-placing agencies, or child-caring institutions; and monitoring and ensuring compliance with relevant statutes, rules, and policies pertaining to children's protective services and the placement, supervision, treatment, and improvement of delivery of care to children in foster care and adoptive homes. The Office of the Children's Ombudsman is headed by the Children's Ombudsman, who is appointed for a term of four years by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102686D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2020Assigned GL sub: Professions/Occupations and Adminstrative Process
01/30/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1301)
02/04/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20105383D-H1
02/04/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Referred from Appropriations
02/05/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB1301H1)
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1301H1)
02/07/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107930D-H2
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee on General Laws substitute rejected 20105383D-H1
02/10/2020Committee on Courts of Justice substitute agreed to 20107930D-H2
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1301H2
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1301H2)
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB1301H2)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/19/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108532D-S1
02/19/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/24/2020Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HB1301S1)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1301S1)
02/26/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108532D-S1
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to h5544
02/28/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/28/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/28/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments HB1301S1
02/28/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute with amendments rejected by House 20108532D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on substitute with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2020House acceded to request
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Hurst, Mullin, Austin
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Favola, Spruill, Cosgrove
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109963D-H3
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (63-Y 13-N 1-A)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (63-Y 13-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1301H3)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1301ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1301ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1090 (effective - see bill)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1090)