Diploma seals; biliteracy. (HB1351)

Introduced By

Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding) with support from co-patrons Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill), and Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Diploma seals; biliteracy. Directs the Board of Education to award a diploma seal for biliteracy for any student who meets certain criteria for general academic achievement and demonstrates proficiency in a foreign language through certain testing or coursework. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/02/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100367D
12/02/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2015Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1351)
01/28/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
02/02/2015Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Read first time
02/04/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/05/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2015Reported from Education and Health with substitute (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2015Committee substitute printed 15105067D-S1
02/13/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Read third time
02/16/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105067D-S1
02/16/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1351S1
02/16/2015Passed Senate with substitute (31-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Passed Senate with substitute (33-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015Placed on Calendar
02/18/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105067D-S1 (0-Y 92-N)
02/18/2015VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 92-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/23/2015House acceded to request
02/23/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2015Delegates: Ramadan, Landes, Bulova
02/24/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/24/2015Senators: McWaters, Wexton, Smith
02/25/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2015Conference substitute printed 15105501D-H1
02/26/2015Passed by temporarily
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (35-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1351ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 564 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0564)
03/24/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1351ER)


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 2 minutes.