Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. (HB2207)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, correctional officers, and regional jail officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after September 1, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after September 1, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical treatment. This bill is identical to SB 1375. Read the Bill »

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04/07/2021: enacted


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100861D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/18/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/21/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/22/2021Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2207)
01/29/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2021Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Read first time
02/03/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2021Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/04/2021VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Committee substitute printed 21200212D-S1
02/15/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/17/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200212D-S1
02/18/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2207S1
02/18/2021Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2207S1)
02/22/2021Placed on Calendar
02/22/2021Senate substitute rejected by House 21200212D-S1 (0-Y 98-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N)
02/23/2021Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/24/2021House acceded to request
02/24/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2021Delegates: Hurst, Jones, Kilgore
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Saslaw, Newman, Barker
02/27/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (97-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2207ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2207ER)
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by House
04/07/2021Placed on Calendar
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 0-N 2-A)
04/07/2021VOTE: Adoption (97-Y 0-N 2-A)
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (HB2207ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 547 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0547)