Hospitals, nursing homes, etc.; regulations, patient access to intelligent personal assistant. (HB2154)

Introduced By

Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham) with support from co-patrons Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), and Sen. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals, nursing homes, and certified nursing facilities; regulations; patient access to intelligent personal assistant. Directs the Board of Health to amend regulations governing hospitals, nursing homes, and certified nursing facilities to require each hospital, nursing home, and certified nursing facility to establish and implement policies to ensure the permissible access to and use of an intelligent personal assistant provided by the patient while receiving inpatient services. "Intelligent personal assistant" is defined in the bill as a combination of an electronic device and a specialized software application designed to assist users with basic tasks using a combination of natural language processing and artificial intelligence, including such combinations known as "digital assistants" or "virtual assistants." Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101654D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2154)
01/26/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103464D-H1
01/26/2021Read first time
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2154H1)
01/27/2021Read second time
01/27/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103464D-H1
01/27/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2154H1
01/28/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
01/28/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2021Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Rereferred from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Rereferred to Education and Health
02/12/2021Assigned Education sub: Health
02/18/2021Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2154ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2154ER)
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 219 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0219)