Comprehensive harm reduction programs; authority to establish and operate. (HB791)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Comprehensive harm reduction programs. Repeals the sunset on the authority of the Commissioner of Health to establish and operate local or regional comprehensive harm reduction programs that include the distribution of sterile hypodermic needles and syringes and the disposal of used hypodermic needles and syringes; allows a local health department or other organization that promotes scientifically proven methods of mitigating health risks associated with drug use and other high-risk behaviors to establish comprehensive harm reduction programs, if authorized by the Commissioner of Health; and eliminates the requirement that comprehensive harm reduction programs be located in communities for which data indicates an increase in or increased risk of transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, or other blood-borne disease as a result of injection drug use. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 20105027D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB791)
02/04/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2020Emergency clause deleted
02/07/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB791E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20105027D-E
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (83-Y 14-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (83-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB791E)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/17/2020Assigned Education sub: Health
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB791ER)
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB791ER)
02/28/2020Signed by Speaker
03/02/2020Signed by President
03/11/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2020
03/11/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 839 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0839)