Professional counselors; Board of Counseling to recognize NCE as a valid examination for licensure. (HB426)

Introduced By

Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Counseling; licensure of professional counselors without examination. Directs the Board of Counseling to recognize the National Counselor Examination as a valid examination for licensure as a professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, this legislation, HB426, is estimated to have no fiscal impact. It will not require any budget amendment, and there will be no specific agency or political subdivisions affected. Additionally, no technical amendment is deemed necessary.

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01/08/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104508D
01/08/2024Referred to Committee on Health and Human Services
01/11/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB426)
01/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB426)
01/16/2024Assigned sub: Health Professions
01/17/2024Assigned sub: Health Professions
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2024Reported from Health and Human Services with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Committee substitute printed 24106345D-H1
02/07/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB426H1)
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106345D-H1
02/09/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB426H1
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House (54-Y 46-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Health Professions
02/23/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/29/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/29/2024Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Committee substitute printed 24108023D-S1
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB426S1)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108023D-S1
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB426S1
03/04/2024Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N)
03/05/2024Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108023D-S1 (71-Y 28-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (71-Y 28-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB426ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB426ER)
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 443 (effective 7/1/24)
04/04/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0443)

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