Medicine and other healing arts; practice, provision of litigation assistance. (SB1446)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Practice of medicine and other healing arts; provision of litigation assistance. Requires practitioners of medicine and other healing arts to provide litigation assistance to treated patients and their attorneys. Such litigation assistance includes providing a legal consult fee schedule upon request, scheduling and participating in meetings with a treated patient's attorney upon request, participating in trial or de bene esse depositions as needed, and providing a written estimate of the cost of the patient's medical services related to the litigation. Read the Bill ?


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102383D
01/19/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/2021Rereferred from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Rereferred to Judiciary
01/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1446)
02/01/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Reported from Judiciary with amendment (8-Y 6-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Passed by for the day
02/04/2021Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
02/04/2021Recommitted to Judiciary
02/06/2021Left in Judiciary


Christopher Walsh writes:

I am opposed to SB1446. It is un-American, if not un-Constitutional to force licensed physicians to provide non-medical care services against their will. This law, if enacted, would interfere with the practice of medicine and violate the liberty of physicians who happen to be licensed to practice medicine in this state. I am totally disabled and, as a result, retired, but I choose to maintain my license in Virginia, with the hope of returning to the practice of medicine one day, should I recover my health. If this bill—which is an attack on individual freedom—should become law, I will seriously consider the wisdom of maintaining my medical license in this state.