Hospital regulations; use of smoke evacuation systems during surgical procedures. (HB763)

Introduced By

Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Health; hospital regulations; use of smoke evacuation systems during surgical procedures. Requires the Board of Health to amend its regulations to require that every hospital where surgical procedures are performed adopt a policy requiring the use of a smoke evacuation system for all planned surgical procedures. The bill defines "smoke evacuation system" as smoke evacuation equipment and technologies designed to capture, filter, and remove surgical smoke at the site of origin and to prevent surgical smoke from making ocular contact or contact with a person's respiratory tract. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2025, and is identical to SB 537. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103393D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Health and Human Services
01/17/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB763)
01/19/2024Assigned sub: Health
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/06/2024Reported from Health and Human Services with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Committee substitute printed 24105653D-H1
02/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB763H1)
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105653D-H1
02/09/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB763H1
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/22/2024Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Read third time
02/26/2024Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB763ER)
02/29/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB763ER)
02/29/2024Signed by Speaker
03/03/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/28/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 207 (effective 7/1/25)
03/28/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0207)

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