Declaration of emergency; essential workers, access to personal protective equipment, immunizations. (HB2116)

Introduced By

Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certain declared states of emergency; priority for personal protective equipment and immunizations; funeral service licensees and funeral service establishment employees; emergency. Provides that in any case in which the Board of Health or Commissioner of Health has made an emergency order or regulation for the purpose of suppressing nuisances dangerous to the public health or a communicable, contagious, or infectious disease or other danger to the public life and health, funeral service licensees and persons employed by a funeral service establishment shall be included in any group afforded priority with regard to (i) access to personal protective equipment and (ii) administration of any vaccination against such communicable disease of public health threat during such emergency. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »

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03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/21 21102718D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2116)
01/21/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment(s) (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Read first time
01/22/2021Floor substitute printed 21103537D-H1 (Mugler)
01/25/2021Read second time
01/25/2021Committee amendments rejected
01/25/2021Substitute by Delegate Mugler agreed to 21103537D-H1
01/25/2021Amendments by Delegate Carter agreed to
01/25/2021Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendments HB2116EH1
01/25/2021Printed as engrossed 21103537D-EH1
01/26/2021Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
01/26/2021VOTE: Passage Emergency (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/29/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2116EH1)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/12/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2021Committee substitute printed 21200160D-S1
02/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2116S1)
02/18/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200160D-S1
02/22/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2116S1
02/22/2021Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200160D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (97-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2116ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2116ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 216 (effective 3/18/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0216)