Family life education; right of parents to review certain materials. (HB1980)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Bob Hull (D-Falls Church), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Family life education; right of parents to review certain materials. Requires school divisions to include a detailed statement in the summary already required by law to be issued to parents and guardians to assist them in understanding the family life education program implemented in the school division, if the curriculum of the program offers only abstinence education. The statement must disclose that (i) the child is receiving abstinence-only education, (ii) the program does not conform to the Virginia Board of Education Guidelines for Family Life Education, (iii) parents and guardians have the right to review all written and audiovisual educational materials used in the program, and (iv) parents and guardians have the right to remove the child from all or part of family life education instruction. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094167624
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Education
01/20/2009Assigned Education sub: Students and Daycare
01/22/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1980)
01/26/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
01/28/2009Reported from Education with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2009Read first time
01/30/2009Read second time
01/30/2009Committee amendments agreed to
01/30/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB1980E
01/30/2009Printed as engrossed 094167624-E
02/02/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/02/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/02/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2009Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/04/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1980E)
02/10/2009Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/19/2009Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Read third time
02/23/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1980ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
02/28/2009Signed by President
03/03/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1980ER)
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 451 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0451)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.