Hospitals, nursing homes, etc.; visits by clergy. (SB1356)

Introduced By

Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals, nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, hospices, and assisted living facilities; visits by clergy; public health emergency. Requires the Board of Health to include in regulations governing hospitals, nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospices and the Board of Social Services to include in regulations governing assisted living facilities a requirement that, during a public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat, each hospital, nursing home, certified nursing facility, hospice, and assisted living facility establish a protocol to allow patients to receive visits from a rabbi, priest, minister, or clergy of any religious denomination or sect consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and subject to compliance with any executive order, order of public health, Department of Health guidance, or any other applicable federal or state guidance having the effect of limiting visitation. The bill provides that such protocol may restrict the frequency and duration of visits and may require visits to be conducted virtually using interactive audio or video technology when use of interactive audio or video technology is determined to be necessary to comply with any applicable federal or state guidance or to protect the health and safety of the person, patients, or staff. Additionally, the protocol may require the person visiting a patient to comply with all reasonable requirements of the facility adopted to protect the health and safety of the person, patients, and staff. Read the Bill »


04/07/2021: enacted


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101880D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1356)
01/22/2021Assigned Education sub: Health
01/28/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103738D-S1
01/28/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1356S1)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103738D-S1
02/01/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1356S1
02/02/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
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
02/09/2021Assigned HWI sub: Health
02/16/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/16/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/16/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment(s) (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/2021Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1356ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1356ER)
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
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/31/2021Governor's substitute printed 21200695D-S2
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (100-Y 0-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Agree To (100-Y 0-N)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (SB1356ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 525 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0525)