Assisted conception; amends statute to provide gender-neutral terminology, etc. (HB1979)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Assisted conception. Amends the assisted conception statute to provide gender-neutral terminology. The bill allows an unmarried individual to be an intended parent, paralleling the ability of an unmarried individual to adopt under the adoption statutes. The bill further allows for the use of an embryo subject to the legal or contractual custody of an intended parent in a surrogacy arrangement. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101108D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1979)
01/29/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
02/01/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (61-Y 36-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (61-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Committee substitute printed 19106595D-S1
02/15/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1979S1)
02/18/2019Read third time
02/18/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106595D-S1
02/18/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/18/2019Amendment by Senator Peake rejected
02/18/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1979S1
02/18/2019Passed Senate with substitute (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Placed on Calendar
02/19/2019Passed by for the day
02/20/2019Senate substitute agreed to by House 19106595D-S1 (63-Y 36-N)
02/20/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (63-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1979ER)
02/22/2019Signed by Speaker
02/22/2019Signed by President
02/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1979ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/14/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 375 (effective 7/1/19)
03/14/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0375)