VA SB1371 | 2021 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 13 2021 - 25% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2021-01-27 - Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (13-Y 1-N)
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Safe haven protections; newborn safety device. Provides an affirmative defense in certain criminal prosecutions and civil proceedings regarding child abuse or neglect to a parent who safely delivers his child within the first 14 days of the child's life to a newborn safety device located at a hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services or at an attended emergency medical services agency that employs emergency medical services personnel. The bill also provides civil and criminal immunity to such hospitals and emergency medical services agencies for injuries to children received through such newborn safety devices, provided that (i) the injuries are not the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct and (ii) the hospital or emergency medical services agency meets certain requirements regarding the establishment, functioning, and testing of the device.

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Safe haven protections; newborn safety device.


Roll Calls

2021-01-27 - Senate - Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (13-Y 1-N) (Y: 13 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2021-01-27SenatePassed by indefinitely in Judiciary (13-Y 1-N)
2021-01-13SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2021-01-13SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100286D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
161228(n/a)See Bill Text
182371(n/a)See Bill Text
182371.1(n/a)See Bill Text
401103(n/a)See Bill Text
632100(n/a)See Bill Text
801226.5:2(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments