Professional counselors; licensure. (HB1666)

Introduced By

Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure of professional counselors. Establishes minimum education requirements for licensure as a professional counselor and provides that an applicant must have received a master's degree from a program in which the primary emphasis is on preparation for the practice of counseling.  The bill exempts individuals who meet all other requirements for licensure as a professional counselor related to coursework and completion of a supervised residency by July 1, 2017, from provisions related to completion of a graduate degree. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103309D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/09/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1666)
01/11/2013Assigned HWI sub: #2
01/24/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/29/2013Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2013Read first time
01/31/2013Read second time
01/31/2013Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2013Engrossed by House as amended HB1666E
01/31/2013Printed as engrossed 13103309D-E
02/01/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1666E)
02/01/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/2013Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1666ER)
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1666ER)
02/21/2013Signed by Speaker
02/22/2013Signed by President
03/13/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 264 (effective 7/1/13)
03/13/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0264)


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 55 seconds.