Workers' compensation; employee may satisfy burden of proof by circumstantial evidence. (HB974)

Introduced By

Del. Karen Keys-Gamarra (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; presumption that certain injuries arose out of employment. Provides that in any claim for workers' compensation, where the employee suffers an unexplained fall in the course of employment, such employee may satisfy the burden of proof by circumstantial evidence, testimony of others, other evidence, or any combination thereof. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101852D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/18/2024Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #2
01/23/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB974)
01/25/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 3-N)
01/30/2024Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendment(s) (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Read first time
02/02/2024House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2024Passed by for the day
02/05/2024Read second time
02/05/2024Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2024Amendments by Delegate Keys-Gamarra- withdrawn
02/05/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB974E
02/05/2024Printed as engrossed 24101852D-E
02/06/2024Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
02/06/2024VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB974E)
02/07/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2024Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/26/2024Reported from Commerce and Labor (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Read third time
02/29/2024Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB974ER)
03/06/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB974ER)
03/06/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate reprinted (HB974ER)
03/06/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed 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 Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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