Forensic Science, Department of; purchase of forensic laboratory services. (SB1274)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) with support from co-patron Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Forensic Science; purchase of forensic laboratory services. Permits the Department of Forensic Science (the Department) to purchase forensic laboratory services from laboratories located in the Commonwealth that are operated by an institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth or a corporate entity that is wholly owned by an institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth, where such institution meets certain requirements. The bill provides that no contract or agreement may be made with any other laboratory unless the Department requests, and the Department of General Services grants, an exemption in a case where such laboratory does not meet the reasonable requirements of the Department, cannot provide the forensic laboratory services required by the Department, or the Department can purchase forensic laboratory services from another source at a price that is at least 10 percent less or from a laboratory that has received a ranking that is at least 10 percent higher than the ranking of any laboratory of such institution of higher education. The bill also provides that any laboratory that has entered into a contract with the Department for the provision of forensic laboratory services shall be deemed authorized by the Department to conduct certain analyses and examinations of certain trial evidence. This bill is identical to HB 2279. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100018D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/21/2019Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Committee substitute printed 19105023D-S1
01/21/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1274S1)
01/30/2019Reported from Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Read second time
02/01/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105023D-S1
02/01/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1274S1
02/04/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/06/2019Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/2019Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Read second time
02/13/2019Read third time
02/13/2019Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/13/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1274ER)
02/18/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1274ER)
02/18/2019Signed by Speaker
02/19/2019Signed by President
02/20/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019
02/20/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 20, 2019
02/20/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 479 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0479)