Death certificate; medical certification, electronic filing w/State Registrar of Vital Records, etc. (SB1439)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Death certificates; medical certification; electronic filing. Requires the completed medical certification portion of a death certificate to be filed electronically with the State Registrar of Vital Records through the Electronic Death Registration System and provides that, except for under certain circumstances, failure to file a medical certification of death electronically through the Electronic Death Registration System shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action by the Board of Medicine. The bill includes a delayed effective date of January 1, 2020, and a phased-in requirement for registration with the Electronic Death Registration System and electronic filing of medical certifications of death for various categories of health care providers. The bill directs the Department of Health to work with stakeholders to educate and encourage physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to timely register with and utilize the Electronic Death Registration System. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104122D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/11/2019Assigned Education sub: Health
01/11/2019Impact statement from VDH (SB1439)
01/17/2019Committee substitute printed 19105238D-S1
01/17/2019Incorporates SB1493 (Cosgrove)
01/17/2019Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Read second time
01/21/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/21/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105238D-S1
01/21/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1439S1
01/22/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Placed on Calendar
01/24/2019Read first time
01/24/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/24/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1439S1)
02/07/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2019Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Read second time
02/11/2019Read third time
02/11/2019Committee amendments agreed to
02/11/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/11/2019Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1439ER)
02/18/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1439ER)
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
03/05/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 224 (effective - see bill)
03/05/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0224)