School calendar; opening of school year in certain school divisions prior to Labor Day. (HB591)

Introduced By

Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville) with support from co-patron Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Opening of the school year in certain school divisions.  Authorizes the school boards of the City of Martinsville, Henry County, and Pittsylvania County school divisions to set the opening of the school year so that the first day students are required to attend school is prior to Labor Day. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 01/10/2012 Committee
  • 01/10/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100483D
  • 01/10/2012 Referred to Committee on Education
  • 01/18/2012 Assigned Education sub: Teachers and Admin. Action
  • 01/20/2012 Impact statement from DPB (HB591)
  • 02/02/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
  • 02/06/2012 Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/07/2012 Read first time
  • 02/08/2012 Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/09/2012 Read third time and passed House (74-Y 24-N)
  • 02/09/2012 VOTE: PASSAGE (74-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/10/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/10/2012 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 03/01/2012 Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)


This bill mentions Martinsville, Henry, Pittsylvania.


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 1 minute.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

In the News

Momentum Builds to Let Schools Open Before Labor Day

January 11, 2012
Gov. Bob McDonnell and several legislators have proposed repealing Virginia’s so-called “Kings Dominion law,” which prohibits public schools from opening before Labor Day unless they obtain a waiver from the state.