Public schools; Board of Education regulations on use of seclusion and restraint. (HB1443)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


The use of seclusion and restraint in public schools; Board of Education regulations. Requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. The bill requires that such regulations incorporate certain existing guidance documents; include definitions of terms, criteria for use, restrictions for use, training requirements, notification requirements, reporting requirements, and follow-up requirements; and address distinctions between certain student populations. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Commission on Youth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/29/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101667D
12/29/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2015Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/28/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/02/2015Reported from Education with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Read first time
02/04/2015Read second time
02/04/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2015Engrossed by House as amended HB1443E
02/04/2015Printed as engrossed 15101667D-E
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 (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Read third time
02/16/2015Passed Senate (36-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (36-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Passed Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1443ER)
02/19/2015Signed by Speaker
02/20/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1443ER)
02/20/2015Signed by President
02/23/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/23/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/23/15
02/23/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/16/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 142 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0142)