Hospitals; emergency departments to have at least one licensed physician on duty at all times. (HB353)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals; emergency departments; licensed physicians. Requires any hospital with an emergency department to have at least one licensed physician on duty and physically present at all times. Current law requires such hospitals to have a licensed physician on call, though not necessarily physically present on the premises, at all times. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2025 and is identical to SB 392. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2024Referred to Committee on Health and Human Servicess
01/05/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100997D
01/05/2024Referred to Committee on Health and Human Services
01/16/2024Assigned sub: Health
01/17/2024Assigned sub: Health
01/19/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB353)
01/23/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/25/2024Reported from Health and Human Services with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2024Read first time
01/30/2024Read second time
01/30/2024Committee amendment agreed to
01/30/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB353E
01/30/2024Printed as engrossed 24100997D-E
01/30/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB353E)
01/31/2024Read third time and passed House (81-Y 19-N)
01/31/2024VOTE: Passage (81-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/15/2024Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/29/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB353ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB353ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 441 (effective 7/1/24)
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 441 (effective 7/1/25)
04/04/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0441)

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