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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.

Historic Day for Virginia: Homeschool Sports Access Passes Senate

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.

HB 1626H1 Sports Access Bill: House Votes Today; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers

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 […]

HB 1626: House Committee to Vote on Sports Access Bill Monday 1/26

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.

Government Affairs News Release: Goochland RE Policy Repealed

The Goochland school board held a four-hour meeting on Tuesday, January 13th to accommodate all the people who wanted to speak about a policy that had potential to impact families who homeschool under the religious exemption (RE). 22.1-254 The result of this meeting was a school board decision to repeal a policy change enacted in 2013, known as Policy LBE.

Yesterday at the General Assembly Sports Access Bill Dies Results of Other Bills

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers was proudly represented yesterday by not only its lobbyist, Scott Price, but by many articulate homeschooled students who spoke in support of HB 63. In spite of their heartfelt and intelligent testimony, the Senate Education and Health Committee still voted 9 to 6 to pass by indefinitely the bill, which means […]

Sports Access Bill (HB 63) Set to be Heard Thursday, 2/20 at 8:30a.m.

Delegate Rob Bell’s (R-Albemarle) bill HB63, known as the Tebow Bill, is scheduled to be heard before the full Senate Education and Health Committee this Thursday, February 20 on the first floor, Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building, at 910 Capitol Street in Richmond at 8:30 a.m. Show Your Support!If you believe homeschoolers should have the right […]

Great Week for Homeschoolers at the General Assembly

Last week the two bills in the General Assembly that had the greatest potential to affect homeschooling both saw success.  And a bill of concern was amended to make it innocuous to homeschoolers. VaHomeschoolers was happy to see our monitoring and lobbying efforts bring positive results. HJ 92 – Religious Exemption Study Killed in Committee Del. Tom […]

CONFIRMED: HB 63- Homeschool Sports Access Bill to be heard Monday morning

The “Tebow Bill” (HB 63) will go before the full House Education Committee on Monday, January 27th for a vote. This committee will meet at 8:30am in House Room D in the General Assembly Building at 910 Capitol Street in Richmond. Show your support…  By attending the hearing. We do not know if testimony will be allowed or not, but if […]

Hearing Scheduled for HB 63 on Wednesday, 1/22

Delegate Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) has informed us that his bill, HB 63 (public school sports access for homeschoolers), is scheduled for a subcommittee hearing this Wednesday, January 22 on the first floor, House Room D of the General Assembly Building, at 910 Capitol Street in Richmond.  This subcommittee meets upon adjournment of the full House Education Committee, which commences at 8:30 a.m.  We have […]

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