Death certificates; allows supervised nurse practitioners and physician assistants to sign. (SB1117)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Death certificates; who may sign.  Allows supervised nurse practitioners and physician assistants to determine cause of death and sign death certificates, provided they have access to the decedent's medical history and the death is due to natural causes. In addition, the bill expands the description of which physicians may determine cause of death and sign a death certificate and provides civil immunity to physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who sign death certificates and determine cause of death, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103677D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/20/2011Assigned Education sub: Health Care
01/26/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1117)
01/27/2011Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2011Passed by for the day
01/31/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2011Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2011Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Placed on Calendar
02/07/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2011Assigned HWI sub: #1
02/14/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/17/2011Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2011Read second time
02/21/2011Read third time
02/21/2011Passed by for the day
02/22/2011Read third time
02/22/2011Amendment by Delegate Garrett agreed to
02/22/2011Passed House with amendment (90-Y 4-N 1-A)
02/22/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (90-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1117ER)
03/03/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1117ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/06/2011Signed by President
03/25/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 613 (effective 7/1/11)
03/25/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0613)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 17 minutes.