Religious holidays; student's absence because of observance thereof must be recorded as excused. (SB361)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Religious holidays; attendance records.  Provides that any student's absence because of the observance of a religious holiday must be recorded as excused on the student's attendance record and that no student may be deprived of any award or of eligibility or opportunity to compete for any award or of the right to take an alternate test or examination, for any which he missed because of such absence. A written excuse must be signed by the parent and presented to the proper school authority. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103895D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/22/2010Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/01/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB361)
02/04/2010Reported from Education and Health with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2010Committee substitute printed 10104866D-S1
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB361S1)
02/08/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Read second time
02/09/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104866D-S1
02/09/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB361S1
02/10/2010Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Placed on Calendar
02/16/2010Read first time
02/16/2010Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2010Assigned Education sub: #2 Students and Daycare
02/25/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 1-N)
03/03/2010Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2010Read second time
03/05/2010Read third time
03/05/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/05/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
03/05/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB361ER)
03/12/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB361ER)
03/12/2010Signed by Speaker
03/13/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 605 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0605)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.