Parental rights; fundamental right to make decisions concerning upbringing, etc., of their child. (HB1642)

Introduced By

Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), and Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Rights of parents. Provides that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children and such right shall not be infringed by the government unless the governmental interest as applied to the parents is of the highest order and not otherwise served. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103598D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2013Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/21/2013Subcommittee recommends no action
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 1-N)
02/01/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Committee substitute printed 13104435D-H1
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104435D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1642H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (70-Y 30-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Committee substitute printed 13105288D-S1
02/18/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Passed by for the day
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105288D-S1
02/20/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2013Amendment by Senator Reeves agreed to
02/20/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB1642S1
02/20/2013Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Placed on Calendar
02/21/2013Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 13105288D-S1 (59-Y 34-N)
02/21/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (59-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1642ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/21/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 668 (effective 7/1/13)
03/21/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0668)


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 15 minutes.


M. B. Burton writes:

I agree with this bill completely!