Virginia history and United States Constitution; supplementary written materials on documents. (HB197)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Supplementary written materials on documents of Virginia history and the United States Constitution. Requires teachers to ensure that all supplementary written materials used to teach the Declaration of American Independence, the general principles of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, the charters of the Virginia Company of April 10, 1606, May 23, 1609, and March 12, 1612, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights contain accurate restatements of the principles contained in these documents and directs the Board of Education to develop guidelines for such supplementary written materials used by teachers. The bill contains technical amendments. Amends § 22.1-201, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 12/26/2013 Committee
  • 12/26/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100411D
  • 12/26/2013 Referred to Committee on Education
  • 01/20/2014 Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
  • 01/24/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB197)
  • 01/30/2014 Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
  • 02/03/2014 Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/04/2014 Read first time
  • 02/05/2014 Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/06/2014 Read third time and passed House (70-Y 28-N)
  • 02/06/2014 VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/07/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/07/2014 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 02/27/2014 Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/28/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/03/2014 Read third time
  • 03/03/2014 Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/06/2014 Enrolled
  • 03/06/2014 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB197ER)
  • 03/06/2014 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/09/2014 Signed by President
  • 03/10/2014 Signed by President
  • 04/06/2014 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 647 (effective 7/1/14)
  • 04/06/2014 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0647)


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 5 minutes.


tom writes:

Wonder what prompted this bill? Seems like more classroom micromanagement coming from Richmond.

Danuta writes:

Are they considering rewriting these documents to suit "religious freedom" purposes? What does "restatement" mean? Smells fishy.