2017 Session

Budget Bill - HB1500 (Chapter 836)

Department of Health

Item 291

Item 291

First Year - FY2017Second Year - FY2018
Vital Records and Health Statistics (40400)$7,773,247$7,773,247
Health Statistics (40401)FY2017 $1,357,169FY2018 $1,357,169
Vital Records (40402)FY2017 $6,416,078FY2018 $6,416,078
Fund Sources:  
SpecialFY2017 $7,156,746FY2018 $7,156,746
Federal TrustFY2017 $616,501FY2018 $616,501

Authority: §§ 8.01-217, 32.1-249 through 32.1-276, Code of Virginia; and P.L. 93-353, as amended, Federal Code.

A. Effective July 1, 2004, the standard vital records fee shall be $12.00 and the fee for the expedited record search shall be $48.00.

B. The Department of Health shall report on efforts to address changes to the Electronic Death Registry System that would improve the system to make it easier for filing death certificates, address interoperability concerns by users, and provide technical assistance to system users, and other improvements. The department shall report to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 1, 2016.

C. Notwithstanding § 32.1-273.D, Code of Virginia, the revenues generated from the sale of birth, marriage, or divorce records in state administered health districts shall be distributed between the districts that issue the records and the Division of Vital Records. The revenues will be split with 65 percent remaining in the district to support the costs of that district and 35 percent to be transferred to the Division of Vital Records to support ongoing infrastructure costs associated with the collection, retention and issuance of the Commonwealth's vital records.

D. The state teaching hospitals shall work with the Department of Health and Division of Vital Records to fully implement use of the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) for all deaths occurring within any Virginia state teaching hospital's facilities. Full implementation shall occur and be reported, by the Division of Vital Records, to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by April 15, 2018, in alignment with the Division of Vital Records plan to promulgate and market the EDRS.