Public schools; mandatory expulsion of students. (HB1866)

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


Public schools; expulsion of students. Removes certain weapons from the definition of weapons that require mandatory expulsion from school for up to one year. These are weapons that are not included in the definition of "firearm" in the federal Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (Part F-Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102597D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2013Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
01/25/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013Reported from Education (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Read first time
01/30/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/31/2013Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013VOTE: 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 (HB1866ER)
02/14/2013Signed by Speaker
02/14/2013Signed by President
03/13/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 288 (effective 7/1/13)
03/13/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0288)


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.


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

The ACLU of VA supports this bill because it rolls back a zero-tolerance discipline policy that is a key part of 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 - also known as the "school to prison pipeline." There is no evidence that zero-tolerance policies make schools safer or improve student behavior. On the contrary, research suggests that the overuse of suspensions and expulsions may actually increase the likelihood of later criminal misconduct. Overly harsh disciplinary policies push students down the pipeline and into the juvenile justice system.

Liane Rozzell writes:

Families & Allies of Virginia's Youth supports this bill because it restores a measure of common sense in place of rigid and counterproductive zero tolerance rules.