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2017 General Assembly Sports Access Vetoed by Governor Again; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers
By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorThe 2017 General Assembly adjourned on February 25. The VaHomeschoolers legislative monitoring team is now able to inform you of the outcome of most, but not all, of the bills we’ve been tracking. A few bills that passed are now waiting for action by the governor: to sign into […]
By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorVirginia’s General Assembly just passed an interscholastic activities bill for the third year in a row. This bill allows school divisions a local option for homeschooled high school students to have an opportunity to try out for team sports or other competitive activities as arranged by the private organization VHSL (Virginia […]
By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorVaHomeschoolers is aware that a federal bill, H.R.610 has been introduced in Congress that seeks “to distribute federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers.” While we focus our legislative efforts primarily on state level issues, we do attend to national level matters when called […]
By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorThe VaHomeschoolers legislative monitoring team has been hard at work this month: we search for bills in the General Assembly which may impact homeschoolers, meet with legislators to discuss these bills, and attend hearings. Our goal is to keep you informed. Following are highlights from the list of 20 […]
By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs Director The VaHomeschoolers legislative monitoring team is wrapping up its work on the 2016 General Assembly session. A grand total of 3,286 bills were introduced; using a system of search terms relevant to home instruction, our team uncovered 30 bills of interest. Of these 30, six passed completely, three […]
2016 General Assembly Update “Sports Access” Bill Passes the House; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers
By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs Director The Virginia General Assembly opened its yearly session on 13 January 2016, and has 2,640 filed bills to address. Your government affairs team has been hard at work searching for bills which may impact homeschoolers, meeting with legislators to discuss these bills, and attending hearings. Our job is […]
2015 General Assembly Sports Access Bill Vetoed by Governor; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers
March 27th was a difficult day for many homeschooling families in Virginia as they learned that Governor McAuliffe vetoed HB 1626, the sports access bill that was passed by both the House (57-41) and the Senate (22-13) during General Assembly. Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) has notified leadership and asked for a veto override, something which will occur on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. A veto override requires 2/3 majority of votes in both the House and the Senate. The challenge now is to get an additional six votes by Democratic senators who voted against the bill in February. If you want to improve this bill’s chance of an eleventh hour comeback, be sure to read below for actions you can take.
Virginia’s sports access bill, HB 1626, also known as the Tebow Bill, passed the Senate yesterday 22-13, with bipartisan support. In the six years that Del Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) has submitted a homeschool sports access bill, this is the first time that any version has cleared the Senate or even the Senate Education and Health committee.
The Virginia General Assembly opened its yearly session on 14 January 2015. Since each odd-numbered year hosts a short session of 45 days, the action kicked off right at the starting gate and has been keeping a fast pace ever since. Your government affairs team has been hard at work to find bills that may […]
VaHomeschoolers has just learned that the Sports Access bill (also known as the “Tebow bill”) has been scheduled to go up for a vote by the full House Education Committee this coming Monday morning in Richmond.