Health, Department of; certain communication prohibited. (SB1235)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen), and Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Health; certain communication prohibited. Prohibits any person employed by or who has entered into a contract to provide services on behalf of the Department of Health or a local department of health from initiating communication regarding the following matters with a minor on behalf of the Department or local department of health without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian or person serving in loco parentis: family living and community relationships; the benefits, challenges, responsibilities, and value of marriage for men, women, children, and communities; the value of family relationships; abstinence education; the value of postponing sexual activity; the benefits of adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy; human sexuality; human reproduction; the prevention of human trafficking; dating violence, the characteristics of abusive relationships, steps to take to deter sexual assault, the availability of counseling and legal resources, and, in the event of such sexual assault, the importance of immediate medical attention and advice, as well as the requirements of the law; the etiology, prevention, and effects of sexually transmitted diseases; and mental health education and awareness. The bill clarifies that its provisions do not apply to school nurses, physicians, or Department employees or agents who are inquiring about medical conditions, outbreaks, pandemics, or any other declared state of emergency relating to a communicable disease or public health threat. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101145D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1235)
01/22/2021Assigned Education sub: Health
01/28/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Reported from Education and Health with amendments (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/01/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/01/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1235E
02/01/2021Printed as engrossed 21101145D-E
02/02/2021Passed by for the day
02/03/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1235E)
02/03/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/03/2021Passed by temporarily
02/03/2021Amendment #1 by Senator Peake withdrawn
02/03/2021Amendment #2 by Senator Peake agreed to
02/03/2021Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB1235E2
02/03/2021Printed as reengrossed 21101145D-E2
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1235E2)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/11/2021Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)