Textbook purchases; permits local school boards to enter into contracts with publishers. (HB137)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg), Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Textbook purchasing contracts. Permits local school boards to enter into contracts with publishers for the purchase of textbooks. The bill expands the definition of textbook to include print, electronic, online, and other manipulatives-based programs. The bill reorganizes the textbook purchasing process and repeals several sections of outdated code. Also provides that if consumable materials are sold to students, the local school board must provide those materials at a reduced price, or free of charge, to students who are unable to afford them. Amends § 22.1-238, § 22.1-239, § 22.1-242, § 22.1-243, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 12/20/2007 Committee
  • 12/20/2007 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087917676
  • 12/20/2007 Referred to Committee on Education
  • 01/21/2008 Impact statement from DPB (HB137)
  • 01/23/2008 Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/23/2008 Committee substitute printed 083359676-H1
  • 01/24/2008 Read first time
  • 01/25/2008 Read second time
  • 01/25/2008 Committee substitute agreed to 083359676-H1
  • 01/25/2008 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB137H1
  • 01/28/2008 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
  • 01/28/2008 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/28/2008 Communicated to Senate
  • 01/29/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/29/2008 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 01/29/2008 Impact statement from DPB (HB137H1)
  • 02/21/2008 Reported from Education and Health with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
  • 02/22/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/25/2008 Read third time
  • 02/25/2008 Reading of amendments waived
  • 02/25/2008 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 02/25/2008 Engrossed by Senate as amended
  • 02/25/2008 Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)
  • 02/25/2008 Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/25/2008 Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/26/2008 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/27/2008 Senate amendments agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
  • 02/27/2008 VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
  • 02/29/2008 Enrolled
  • 02/29/2008 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB137ER)
  • 02/29/2008 Impact statement from DPB (HB137ER)
  • 02/29/2008 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/03/2008 Signed by President
  • 03/07/2008 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 430 (effective 7/1/08)
  • 03/14/2008 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0430)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB356.


Marsha Maines writes:

any 'why' don't we just provide $100 laptops in the classroom with 'downloadable' courses from various publishers to better educate the kids like other states? besides, TEXTBOOKS depend on cutting down trees, processing tons of paper, marketing, distribution, and then are outdated within a couple of years - UNLESS it's a mathematics book, or history book - all the others change all the time, costing a Fortune that does NOT need to be spent.
There's a better way to educate - and it's ALOT cheaper and encourages learning...it's called a laptop and internet access for everything 'other' than the 3 R's.

Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Supports GRTC position on e-Government Initiatives & Education

Mark Burnet writes:

Good point Marsha, This bill is a step in that direction, allowing for the first time an all electronic version of the book to be purchased with textbook funds. Other steps will include purchasing of courses and vetted content materials to supplement instruction. My question is: Why does the VEA oppose this bill?

VA A., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VEA Opposed

Marsha Maines writes:

'why' the VEA opposes - probably because they dissapprove of the 'limitless' education one could receive by utilizing their own brain instead of depending on some educrat's opinion of 'what material' is deemed worthy to allow a student to see. Just my guess..I can probably put a sentence together better than most 'MBA's' - because I CHOOSE to educate myself and not buy into the elitist's who "govern education" in this country..

robert legge writes:

VEA no longer opposes this bill, one of their guys in head office tells me.

robert legge writes:

So has this bill been changed to HB137H1? But where can one find the text of that bill. Doesn't show up on a RS search.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

The full text is under the "View Full Text" link. Though the bill number of the text of the bill changes with each amendment, the number under which the legislator tracks the bill stays the same.