Prisoners; medical care. (HB281)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prisoners; medical care. Eliminates the Department of Corrections prisoner co-payment program for nonemergency health care services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100702D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/15/2020Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB281)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/2020Reported from Public Safety (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/2020Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/03/2020Reported from Appropriations (15-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (68-Y 31-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (68-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/17/2020Assigned Rehab sub: Social Service and Corrections
02/21/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


Derick Keaton writes:

Who pays for it?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Taxpayers. That's the cost of locking people up in prison — we are responsible for their health and well-being. If that's a problem, we shouldn't put so many people in prison.

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