Social Work Licensure Compact; authorizes Virginia to become a signatory to Compact. (SB239)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Social Work Licensure Compact. Authorizes Virginia to become a signatory to the Social Work Licensure Compact. The Compact allows social workers who have or are eligible for an active, unencumbered license in the compact member state where they reside to apply for a multistate license. After verifying eligibility, the social worker is granted a multistate license that authorizes practice in all other compact member states. The Compact takes effect when it is enacted by a seventh member state. This bill is identical to HB 326. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that the fiscal implications of SB239, the Social Work Licensure Compact, are indeterminate. The Department of Health Professions would incur costs for participation in the compact, including membership fees and travel expenses for staff and board members. However, the fee structure for the compact has not been provided to member states, so the exact fiscal impact cannot be determined. Additionally, there will be an impact on the Virginia State Police due to the requirement for criminal background checks. The Department of Health Professions already has a criminal background check unit in place, so the impact on their resources is expected to be minimal. However, if the total number of background checks exceeds 10,000 per year, additional resources may be needed. The specific agencies affected by this legislation are the Department of Health Professions and the Virginia State Police. No technical amendments are necessary, and there is a companion bill, HB325, introduced by Delegate Glass.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101999D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/16/2024Rereferred from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2024Rereferred to Education and Health
01/18/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Health Professions
01/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB239)
01/25/2024Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2024Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/15/2024House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2024Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2024Read second time
02/20/2024Read third time
02/20/2024Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2024Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2024Passed House with amendment (91-Y 6-N)
02/20/2024VOTE: Passage (91-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024House amendment agreed to by Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB239ER)
02/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB239ER)
02/27/2024Signed by Speaker
03/01/2024Signed 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
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 704 (effective 7/1/24)
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 704 (effective - see bill)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB326.

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