Health care provider; threats of death or bodily injury to a provider, penalty. (SB1395)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Threats of death or bodily injury to a health care provider. Provides that any person who orally makes a threat to kill or to do bodily injury against any health care provider who is engaged in the performance of his duties in a hospital or in an emergency room on the premises of any clinic or other facility rendering emergency medical care is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, unless the person is on the premises of the hospital or emergency room as a result of an emergency custody order, an involuntary temporary detention order, an involuntary hospitalization order, or an emergency custody order of a conditionally released acquittee. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101473D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB1395)
01/21/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Committee substitute printed 19104936D-S1
01/22/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Read second time
01/23/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/23/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19104936D-S1
01/23/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1395S1
01/24/2019Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1395S1)
01/29/2019Placed on Calendar
01/29/2019Read first time
01/29/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/11/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N)
02/18/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Committee substitute printed 19106754D-H1
02/19/2019Read second time
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106754D-H1
02/20/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1395H1
02/20/2019Passed House with substitute (90-Y 10-N)
02/20/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (90-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1395H1)
02/21/2019House substitute agreed to by Senate (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Title replaced 19106754D-H1
02/23/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1395ER)
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
02/26/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1395ER)
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 506 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0506)