VA SB285 | 2021 | Regular Session

Note: Carry Over of previous SB285


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 3 2020 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2020-12-04 - Left in Judiciary
Pending: Senate Judiciary Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Bystander claims for intentional or negligent infliction of injury or death; emotional distress. Provides that a bystander who witnesses, live and in-person, an event during which the intentional or negligent infliction of injury to or death of a victim occurs may recover damages for resulting emotional distress, proven by a preponderance of the evidence, with or without a physical impact or physical injury to the bystander, if (i) the bystander is related to the victim or (ii) although not related to the victim, the bystander is in close proximity to the victim at the time the event occurs and is aware that such event is causing injury to or the death of the victim.

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Intentional or negligent infliction of injury or death; bystander claims for emotional distress.


Roll Calls

2020-01-29 - Senate - Senate: Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (12-Y 0-N) (Y: 12 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-12-04SenateLeft in Judiciary
2020-01-29SenateContinued to 2021 in Judiciary (12-Y 0-N)
2020-01-16SenateAssigned Judiciary sub: Civil Law
2020-01-08SenateMoved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
2020-01-03SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2020-01-03SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101719D

Same As/Similar To

SB285 (Carry Over) 2020-01-29 - Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (12-Y 0-N)

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
80142.6(n/a)See Bill Text

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