American Sign Language; recognition for completed coursework. (HB1435)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


American Sign Language; recognition for completed coursework.  Provides that if a local school board offers an elective course in American Sign Language, it must grant academic credit for course completion on the same basis as the successful completion of a foreign language course and count course completion in American Sign Language toward the fulfillment of any foreign language requirement for graduation. Additionally, the bill requires public institutions of higher education to count academic credit received for successful completion of American Sign Language courses in a secondary school or higher education institution toward satisfaction of the foreign language entrance requirements. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/04/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100113D
11/04/2010Referred to Committee on Education
01/14/2011Assigned Education sub: #4 Higher Education and Arts
01/18/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1435)
01/25/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
01/31/2011Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2011Read first time
02/02/2011Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2011Read third time and passed House (95-Y 3-N)
02/03/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/10/2011Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2011Read third time
02/14/2011Passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1435ER)
02/17/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1435ER)
02/17/2011Signed by Speaker
02/20/2011Signed by President
03/26/2011Governor's recommendation received by House
04/05/2011Placed on Calendar
04/06/2011House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 2-N)
04/06/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/06/2011Reenrolled bill text (HB1435ER2)
04/06/2011Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/06/2011Signed by President as reenrolled
04/06/2011Enacted, Chapter 762 (effective 7/1/11)
04/06/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0762)


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 55 seconds.