Certified sexual assault nurse examiners; Secretary of HHR to study shortage. (HB462)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Secretary of Health and Human Resources; task force; shortage of certified sexual assault nurse examiners in the Commonwealth; report. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to establish a task force to study the shortage of certified sexual assault nurse examiners in the Commonwealth. The task force shall report its findings and conclusions, together with specific recommendations for legislative, regulatory, and budgetary actions, to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103815D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB462)
01/27/2020Assigned Rules sub: Studies
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Rules (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time and engrossed
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 Rules
02/28/2020Stricken at request of Patron in Rules (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Jess Plott writes:

As a current Registered Nurse in a hospital setting, I support this bill. The facility I currently work for has previously had nurses go through the training process to become certified sexual assault nurse examiners. However, we currently do not have any nurses certified in this area. As a nurse who has worked in Women's Health during my entire nursing career, I have seen the need for women to be able to properly document sexual assault. As healthcare providers, we are failing women with this specific need with the Commonwealth's shortage of certified nurse examiners. This is an area that needs special attention dedicated to determining why the shortage exists and how to overcome this issue.