VA SB925 | 2023 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 6 2023 - 25% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2023-01-19 - Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (13-Y 2-N)
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]

Summary

Patient visitation; visitation from clergy members. Requires hospitals, nursing homes, and certified nursing facilities to allow patients to receive visits from clergy members during a declared public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat. Under the bill, the hospital, nursing home, or certified nursing facility may require the clergy member to comply with all reasonable health and safety requirements and may restrict visits of a clergy member who fails a health screening measure or tests positive for a communicable disease of public health concern. If the health and safety requirement substantially burdens the clergy member's free exercise of religion, the hospital, nursing home, or certified nursing facility may require compliance only if the requirement furthers a compelling health and safety interest and imposes the least restrictive requirement. The bill provides immunity for hospitals, nursing homes, and certified nursing facilities and their employees and contractors from liability for injury or death due to exposure to a communicable disease of public health concern resulting from or related to such visitation, except in limited circumstances. The bill also allows a person or religious organization to bring a civil action against a hospital, nursing home, or certified nursing facility alleging a violation of such visitation provisions.

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Title

Patient visitation; visitation from clergy members during declared public health emergency.

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2023-01-19 - Senate - Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (13-Y 2-N) (Y: 13 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2023-01-19SenatePassed by indefinitely in Education and Health (13-Y 2-N)
2023-01-13SenateAssigned Education sub: Health
2023-01-06SenateReferred to Committee on Education and Health
2023-01-06SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101768D

Subjects


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
321127(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources


Bill Comments

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