Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. (SB9)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. Adds cancers of the colon, brain, or testes to the list of cancers that are presumed to be an occupational disease covered by the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act when firefighters or certain employees develop the cancer. The presumption shall not apply for any individual who was diagnosed with one of the conditions before July 1, 2020. The measure removes the compensability requirement that the employee who develops cancer had contact with a toxic substance encountered in the line of duty. The bill also reduces the number of years of service needed to qualify for the presumption from 12 to five for various types of cancer. For hypertension or heart disease, the bill adds a requirement that an individual complete five years of service in his position in order to qualify. This bill incorporates SB 58, SB 381, and SB 531 and is identical to HB 783. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100504D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/13/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB58 (Cosgrove)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB381 (McPike)
01/13/2020Incorporates SB531 (Vogel)
01/13/2020Committee substitute printed 20105713D-S1
01/13/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB9S1)
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB9S1)
01/30/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20107320D-S2
02/03/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB9S2)
02/04/2020Read second time
02/04/2020Committee substitute rejected 20105713D-S1
02/04/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2020Committee substitute agreed to (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Title replaced 20107320D-S2
02/04/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB9S2
02/05/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/25/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/28/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/28/2020Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB9ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB9ER)
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
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
03/27/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 499 (effective 7/1/20)
03/27/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0499)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB733.