Workers' compensation; post-traumatic stress disorder, law-enforcement officers and firefighters. (SB561)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), and Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; post-traumatic stress disorder; law-enforcement officers and firefighters. Provides that post-traumatic stress disorder incurred by a law-enforcement officer or firefighter is compensable under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act if a mental health professional examines a law-enforcement officer or firefighter and diagnoses the individual as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the individual's undergoing a qualifying event, defined as an incident or exposure occurring in the line of duty on or after July 1, 2020, (i) resulting in serious bodily injury or death to any person or persons; (ii) involving a minor who has been injured, killed, abused, or exploited; (iii) involving an immediate threat to life of the claimant or another individual; (iv) involving mass casualties; or (v) responding to crime scenes for investigation. Other conditions for compensability include (a) if the post-traumatic stress disorder resulted from the law-enforcement officer or firefighter acting in the line of duty and, in the case of a firefighter, such firefighter complied with certain federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards; (b) if the law-enforcement officer's or firefighter's undergoing of a qualifying event was a substantial factor in causing his post-traumatic stress disorder; (c) if such qualifying event, and not another event or source of stress, was the primary cause of the post-traumatic stress disorder; and (d) if the post-traumatic stress disorder did not result from any disciplinary action, work evaluation, job transfer, layoff, demotion, promotion, termination, retirement, or similar action of the officer or firefighter. The measure also establishes requirements for resilience and self-care technique training. The bill incorporates SB 741 and SB 924 and is identical to HB 438. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104533D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/13/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB924 (Cosgrove)
01/13/2020Committee substitute printed 20105715D-S1
01/13/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB561S1)
02/04/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Incorporates SB741 (McPike)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20106824D-S2
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute rejected 20105715D-S1
02/06/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106824D-S2
02/06/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB561S2
02/07/2020Passed by for the day
02/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB561S2)
02/18/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Read second time
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB561ER)
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB561ER)
02/27/2020Signed by President
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
03/04/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/04/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2020
03/04/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 11, 2020
03/12/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/12/2020Governor's substitute printed 20110012D-S3
03/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB561S3)
04/22/2020Amendments specific and severable (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (92-Y 0-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (92-Y 0-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB561ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1262 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1262)
05/01/2020VOTE: (92-Y 0-N)