Family life education; SOL objectives related to dating violence, etc., to be taught in school. (SB906)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Family life education; dating violence.  Requires the Standards of Learning objectives related to dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships to be taught at least once during middle school and at least twice during high school. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102660D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/27/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB906)
01/27/2011Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/03/2011Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2011Committee substitute printed 11104884D-S1
02/04/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Read second time
02/07/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104884D-S1
02/07/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB906S1
02/08/2011Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Placed on Calendar
02/09/2011Read first time
02/09/2011Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/2011Assigned Education sub: #3 Teachers and Admin. Action
02/15/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB906S1)
02/17/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/21/2011Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Read second time
02/23/2011Read third time
02/23/2011Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB906ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/06/2011Signed by President
03/26/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 634 (effective 7/1/11)
03/26/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0634)


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 30 seconds.


Bob Gibson writes:

This bill originated as an idea put forward by the College Leaders Program Class of 2010 at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Half a dozen college students from across Virginia came up with the proposal that Sen. Deeds later decided to introduce after judging the group's legislative proposal the day before their graduation last June. Sorensen encourages and enables youthful citizens to engage in leadership roles and to participate fully in community life. This bill is one of several inspired over the past decade by College Leaders Program participants. Thanks to Emily Bowles, Hassan Abdelhalim, Christopher Diming, Lena Morrill and Katie Hunter for developing and defending the original proposal.

Bob Gibson writes:

Thanks also to UVA student Sarah Ulmer, who was part of the team that came up with the idea for this bill!

robert legge writes:

Why does this have to get involved with SOL objectives? Will this be on the English SOL test?

Hassan Abdelhalim writes:

Check out the local and national coverage on SB 906

NBC 29:


Sorensen Institute:

Lynette writes:

Great, It is needed.