VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 27, 2012

by Amy Wilson, VaHomeschoolers Director of Government Affairs

IMPORTANT: Sports Access Hearing Rescheduled for Wednesday, February 1 at 8:30 a.m.

Del. Rob Bell just released information indicating that HB 947, his homeschool sports access bill, will be discussed before the House Education Committee this coming Wednesday, February 1 at 8:30 a.m. (and not on Monday, as previously thought). The hearing will be in the House Appropriations Room on the 9th floor of the General Assembly Building.

From Del. Bell:

It is crucial to have as many people as we can to come show their support. Those in opposition will certainly show up to speak out against the bill. If the bill passes out of full committee on Wednesday, it will thereafter go before the entire House for a vote.

You can get directions to the capitol and information on parking here. If you haven’t done so yet, you can also contact your legislator here. Thanks again for your interest in promoting home schooling.

VaHomeschoolers’ Government Affairs team will be present at the hearing. Please contact us at VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs if you plan to attend, so that we can contact you directly with any additional updated information.

Note: The curriculum description bill, HB 1208, is still on the agenda for the House Education Committee on January 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Hearing Details

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. (plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to find seating)
Where: House Appropriations Room, 9th floor, General Assembly Building, 910 Bank Street, Richmond
What to do: Be part of a supportive audience demonstrating the sports access bill’s importance. There may be a limited opportunity for a few supporters to testify very briefly.

To Learn More

To read the full text of the bill:

HB 947:
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+HB947
(The “sunset provision” amendment added by the subcommittee is not yet available for viewing on the Legislative Information System.)

Read about the subcommittee hearing on January 26:
House Subcommittee Passes Sports Access and Curriculum Description Bills; Senate Curriculum Description Bill to Be Considered Next Week

Contact VaHomeschoolers

If you have any questions or concerns about this legislation, or any other legislative issue, please contact Amy Wilson, VaHomeschoolers Director of Government Affairs.


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