Exposure to communicable diseases; first responders. (SB1107)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patrons Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), and Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Exposure to communicable diseases; first responders. Requires that if any first responder, including any (i) salaried or volunteer firefighter, paramedic, or emergency medical technician, (ii) member of the State Police Officers' Retirement System, (iii) member of county, city, or town police departments, (iv) sheriff or deputy sheriff, (v) Department of Emergency Management hazardous materials officer, (vi) city sergeant or deputy city sergeant of the City of Richmond, (vii) Virginia Marine Police officer, (viii) conservation police officer who is a full-time sworn member of the enforcement division of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, (ix) Capitol Police officer, (x) special agent of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or (xi) conservation officer of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, becomes exposed to another's body fluids in a manner that may transmit HIV or hepatitis, the other person will be deemed to have consented to testing for those viruses. Also, when a first responder is asked to transport someone with a communicable disease, this bill removes the transferring facility's discretion in deciding if the responder must be notified as to the general condition of the patient and any precautions to be taken, and instead always requires such notice. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 096647286
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/2009Assigned Education sub: Health Care
01/22/2009Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2009Committee substitute printed 094126286-S1
01/23/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2009Read second time
01/26/2009Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2009Committee substitute agreed to 094126286-S1
01/26/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1107S1
01/27/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Placed on Calendar
02/05/2009Read first time
02/05/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/17/2009Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2009Read second time
02/19/2009Read third time
02/19/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1107ER)
02/25/2009Signed by Speaker
02/27/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 552 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0552)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.