Safe haven protections; newborn safety device at hospitals for reception of children. (HB16)

Introduced By

Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine), Del. Phil Scott (R-Spotsylvania), Del. Bill Wiley (R-Winchester), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Safe haven protections; newborn safety device. Provides an affirmative defense in certain criminal prosecutions and civil proceedings regarding child abuse or neglect to a parent who safely delivers his child within the first 30 days of the child's life to a newborn safety device located at a hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services or at an attended emergency medical services agency that employs emergency medical services personnel. The bill also provides civil and criminal immunity to such hospitals and emergency medical services agencies for injuries to children received through such newborn safety devices, provided that (i) the injuries are not the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct and (ii) the hospital or emergency medical services agency meets certain requirements regarding the establishment, functioning, and testing of the device. Current law requires the child to be delivered within the first 14 days of the child's life at such hospital or emergency medical services agency. This bill is identical to SB 63. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/23/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101060D
12/23/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2022Referred from Courts of Justice
01/28/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/03/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Read first time
02/08/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/09/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/16/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Committee substitute printed 22106679D-S1
02/18/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Read third time
02/21/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/21/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106679D-S1
02/21/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB16S1
02/21/2022Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22106679D-S1 (91-Y 9-N)
02/23/2022VOTE: Adoption (91-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB16ER)
02/25/2022Signed by Speaker
02/25/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/05/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 81 (effective 7/1/22)
04/05/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0081)