Child abuse or neglect; out-of-court and recorded statements made by a child. (HB1622)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Out-of-court and recorded statements made by a child; abuse or neglect of a child. Provides that, in any civil proceeding involving the alleged abuse or neglect of a child, an out-of-court statement made by a child 14 years of age or younger at the time the statement is offered into evidence describing sexual acts with or on the child by another may be admissible. The bill further provides that in any such civil proceeding, a recorded statement of the alleged victim of the abuse or neglect, made prior to the proceeding, may be admissible if the alleged victim is 14 years of age or younger at the time the statement is offered into evidence. Under current law, such out-of-court and recorded statements may be admissible when the child is 12 years of age or younger. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


10/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100479D
10/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/11/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
01/21/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Read first time
01/24/2019Read second time
01/24/2019Committee amendments agreed to
01/24/2019Engrossed by House as amended HB1622E
01/24/2019Printed as engrossed 19100479D-E
01/25/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/25/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2019Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/07/2019Assigned Rehab sub: Subcommittee #2
02/15/2019Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (12-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/18/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1622ER)
02/22/2019Signed by Speaker
02/22/2019Signed by President
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 413 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0413)