PSAP dispatchers; definitions, telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation; EMD program. (SB720)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


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. This bill is identical to HB 727. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103020D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB720)
02/09/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Committee substitute printed 20108044D-S1
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB720S1)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108044D-S1
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB720S1
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/18/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Committee substitute printed 20108505D-H1
02/20/2020Read second time
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108505D-H1
02/21/2020Amendment by Delegate Hope agreed to
02/21/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB720H1
02/21/2020Passed House with substitute with amendment (82-Y 15-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: Passage (82-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB720H1)
02/25/2020House substitute with amendment rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB720H1)
02/26/2020House insisted on substitute with amendment
02/26/2020House requested conference committee
02/28/2020Senate acceded to request (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/28/2020Senators: McClellan, Bell, Ebbin
03/02/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/02/2020Delegates: Hope, Gooditis, Wilt
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (86-Y 10-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (86-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB720ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB720ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1069 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1069)