Safe haven protections; newborn safety device at hospitals for reception of children. (SB63)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)


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 incorporates SB 175 and is identical to HB 16. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/03/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103521D
01/03/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/24/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/24/2022Committee substitute printed 22105078D-S1
01/24/2022Incorporates SB175 (Peake)
01/25/2022Passed by for the day
01/26/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Read second time
01/27/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/27/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105078D-S1
01/27/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB63S1
01/28/2022Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/22/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Read second time
02/25/2022Read third time
02/25/2022Passed House (85-Y 14-N)
02/25/2022VOTE: Passage (85-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB63ER)
03/01/2022Signed by Speaker
03/02/2022Signed 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 80 (effective 7/1/22)
04/05/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0080)


MRWBA Legislative Committee, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Increases from 14 days to 30 days the maximum age of an infant whom a parent may surrender to a hospital or EMS agency and claim an affirmative defense to abuse/neglect charge based solely on having left infant at facility.