'Our Great Virginia'; designating as the official state song. (HB1472)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

State song. Designates "Our Great Virginia" as the official state song. The bill also contains a technical amendment. Read the Bill »

Notes

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
12/31/2014Committee
12/31/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100795D
12/31/2014Referred to Committee on Rules
02/06/2015Reported from Rules (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (72-Y 28-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (72-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/23/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Committee substitute printed 15105365D-S1
02/24/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Read third time
02/25/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105365D-S1
02/25/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1472S1
02/25/2015Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Placed on Calendar
02/26/2015Senate substitute agreed to by House 15105365D-S1 (86-Y 11-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (86-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Enrolled
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1472ER)
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
03/26/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 586 (effective 7/1/15)
03/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0586)

Map

This bill mentions Patrick, Big Stone Gap, Ferrum, Lonesome Pine Airport, Hurricane, Artisan Center, Rocky Mount, Virginia War Museum, Newport News, Newport News, Richlands, Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Blue Ridge, Waynesboro, Page, Fauquier.

Video

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

Comments

Waldo Jaquith writes:

This is probably the best use of the map on any bill I've ever seen on Richmond Sunlight.

Mike Enomoto writes:

Adding new lyrics to the melody of Oh Shenandoah is not very original, especially because the lyrics to Oh Shenandoah are beautiful.

robert legge writes:

But what about "Carry me back"?

David Ray Tuck writes:

Check out "Virginia Pride" on Youtube if possible. I feel the state song should be written by a native Virginian.

Bonnie Smith writes:

This song is only tolerable because of the beautiful melody (Oh, Shenandoah) -- I am with Robert legge -- Carry Me Back should be reinstated as the Virginia state song -- when i was a child, it was the state song -- I knew every word -- I sang it, and could FEEL what the writer felt -- it stirred emotions that made me sad and proud at the same time -- there will never be another song to compare -- quit trying to rewrite (and worse yet, ignore) history -- our history is what it is --

Leslie Dripps writes:

This re-wording of "Shenandoah" is especially concerning: Re-wording a folk song in such a way displays an insensitivity to its historical significance both within the body of American folk music literature and Virginia history.

This may seem like a small matter, or one which only a sliver of constituents care about, but the responsibility of teaching our new state song to literally generations of Virginia children rests squarely on the shoulders of the Virginia music educators in our public schools, private schools, churches and community music groups. These dedicated professionals specialize in knowing exactly how a person learns music, what makes a song most accessible to the widest possible population, and they are well-versed in the historical significance and musicology of our folk and traditional songs. It is thus imperative that a representative group of music educators be consulted during the Virginia state song selection.

JAMES BAKER writes:

MR HOWELL I WOULD LIKE 4 U 2 EXPLAIN SOMETHING 4 ME AS I AM HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING A ANSWER . HOW DID U FIND THIS REWORDED SONG ? BUT MOST OF ALL HOW CAN U PUSH A SONG THAT NOBODY BUT A VERY FEW PEOPLE HAS EVER HEARD . IT WAS SAID SWEET VA BREEZE THE STATES OFFICIAL POPULAR SONG . HOW CAN U HAVE 2 STATE SONGS . DO U MEAN WE CAN HAVE 2 STATE FLOWERS OR 2 STATES BIRDS ?
IF U ASK THE PEOPLE OF VA WHAT THEY WOULD RATHER HAVE A SONG THAT IS SAD AND WILL PUT U 2 SLEEP OR A SONG THAT MAKES U HAPPY LIKE SWEET VA BREEZE MAKES U FEEL WHY DO MOST PEOPLE N THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THINK THEY NO WHAT PEOPLE N VA WANTS INSTEAD OF ASKING THEM FIRST ?
P S A FEW YEARS AGO THE RADIO STATIONS IN RICHMOND WERE PUSHING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2 MAKE SWEET VA BREEZE THE STATE SONG . BUT IT WAS SAID THEIR WAS NO TIME 2 BRING IT UP.
SO TELL ME HOW DID U FIND TIME 2 BRING IT UP NOW? DOES THIS MEAN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS LESS BILLS NOW 2 WORK ON ? SO WOULD U PLEASE FIND TIME 2 ANSWER MY QUESTIONS ?
JAMES BAKER
7021 SUNNYHILL DR
MECHANICSVILLE VA 23111