Licensed certified midwives; clarifies definition, licensure, etc. (SB1320)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), and Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensed certified midwives; licensure; practice. Defines "practice of licensed certified midwifery," directs the Boards of Medicine and Nursing to establish criteria for the licensure and renewal of a license as a certified midwife, and requires licensed certified midwives to practice in consultation with a licensed physician in accordance with a practice agreement. The bill also directs the Department of Health Professions to convene a work group to study the licensure and regulation of certified nurse midwives, certified midwives, and certified professional midwives to determine the appropriate licensing entity for such professionals. The bill requires the Department to report its findings and conclusions to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2021. This bill is identical to HB 1953. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102336D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Reported from Education and Health with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1320)
01/22/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read second time
01/25/2021Reading of amendment waived
01/25/2021Committee amendment agreed to
01/25/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1320E
01/25/2021Printed as engrossed 21102336D-E
01/26/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1320E)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/11/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Committee substitute printed 21104471D-H1
02/11/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1320H1)
02/15/2021Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read second time
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104471D-H1
02/18/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1320H1
02/18/2021Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/18/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021Title replaced 21104471D-H1
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1320ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1320ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 201 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0201)