PSAP dispatchers; definitions, telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation, EMD program. (HB727)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


E-911 dispatchers; training in telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency medical dispatch. Requires each public safety answering point (PSAP) to provide training and equipment for each of its dispatchers in high-quality telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation (TCPR) instruction, which is defined in the measure as the delivery by trained 911 telecommunicators of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction for acute events requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. The measure (i) requires the State Board of Health to adopt regulations that establish training and equipment standards and (ii) authorizes a PSAP to enter into reciprocal agreements with another PSAP to transfer callers to the other PSAP at times that the initial PSAP does not have a trained dispatcher on duty able to provide TCPR. The measure establishes immunity from civil damages for dispatchers who instruct a caller on TCPR. The measure also requires each operator of a PSAP to implement a requirement that each of its dispatchers complete an Emergency Medical Dispatch education program by July 1, 2024, and to conduct ongoing quality assurance of its TCPR program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104895D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20106254D-H1
01/23/2020Read first time
01/24/2020Read second time
01/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106254D-H1
01/24/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB727H1
01/27/2020Read third time and passed House (82-Y 17-N)
01/27/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB727)
01/27/2020VOTE: Passage (82-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB727H1)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB727H1)
02/17/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Committee substitute printed 20108483D-S1
02/17/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108988D-S2
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Committee substitute rejected 20108483D-S1
02/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108988D-S2
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB727S2
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108988D-S2 (84-Y 13-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Adoption (84-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB727S2)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB727ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB727ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1068 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1068)