School principals; incident reports. (HB1864)

Introduced By

Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School principals;incident reports. Eliminates the requirement that school principals report certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense to law enforcement and to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such acts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101520D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2013Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
01/25/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013Reported from Education with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Committee substitute printed 13104429D-H1
01/29/2013Read first time
01/30/2013Read second time
01/30/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104429D-H1
01/30/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1864H1
01/31/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2013Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Read third time
02/11/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1864ER)
02/14/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1864ER)
02/14/2013Signed by Speaker
02/14/2013Signed by President
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013House rejected Governor's recommendation #'s 1 and 3 (1-Y 95-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 2 and 4 (97-Y 0-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #2 and #4 (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/03/2013Communicated to Governor
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB1864ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
05/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 800 (effective 7/1/13)
05/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0800)


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


ACLU-VA Students' Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of VA supports this bill because it restores discretion to school-based administrators in deciding when to report misdemeanor offenses to law enforcement. This bill is key to combatting the "school to prison pipeline," which refers to the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Overly harsh disciplinary policies, such as not allowing for school-based administrators' discretion in deciding when to report misdemeanor offenses to law enforcement, push students down the pipeline and into the juvenile justice system.

Liane Rozzell writes:

Families & Allies of Virginia's Youth supports this bill as a measure that helps close the school-to-prison pipeline, which sends too many youth into the justice system as a result of school behaviors that could be addressed through other means.