Infant relinquishment laws; DSS to establish hotline to make information available to public. (HB50)

Introduced By

Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Safe haven protections; hotline to provide information about infant relinquishment laws and options. Directs the Department of Social Services to establish a toll-free, 24-hour hotline to make information about the Commonwealth's safe haven laws that provide for relinquishment of an infant, infant relinquishment locations, and support and resources available for parents available to the public and to make information about the hotline, including the toll-free number that may be used to contact the hotline, available on its website. The bill also directs the Department to undertake a campaign to increase public awareness of the Commonwealth's laws providing for relinquishment of an infant and the hotline established pursuant to the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/31/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102814D
12/31/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/12/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB50)
01/27/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Committee substitute printed 22105308D-H1
02/01/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2022Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB50H1)
02/07/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2022Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Read first time
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105308D-H1
02/10/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB50H1
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/18/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/01/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Read third time
03/03/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/03/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/03/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/03/2022Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Senate amendment rejected by House (1-Y 97-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Rejected (1-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/09/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Fariss, Cherry, Delaney
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Favola, Locke, Cosgrove
03/10/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by House (87-Y 9-N)
03/11/2022VOTE: Adoption (87-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB50ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB50ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/07/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 174 (effective 7/1/22)
04/07/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0174)