Students receiving home instruction; participation in public school interscholastic programs. (HB1626)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from 19 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Students receiving home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs. Permits each local school board to deem eligible for participation in interscholastic programs, notwithstanding any bylaw, rule, regulation, or policy of any organization that currently organizes and governs interscholastic programs among the public high schools, any student who (i) is receiving home instruction; (ii) has demonstrated evidence of progress for two consecutive academic years; (iii) is in compliance with immunization requirements; (iv) is entitled to free tuition in a public school; (v) has not reached the age of 19 by August 1 of the current academic year; (vi) is an amateur who receives no compensation but participates solely for the educational, physical, mental, and social benefits of the activity; (vii) complies with all disciplinary rules and is subject to all codes of conduct applicable to all public high school athletes; and (viii) complies with all other rules governing awards, all-star games, maximum consecutive semesters of high school enrollment, parental consents, physical examinations, and transfers applicable to all high school athletes. The bill allows such students to be charged reasonable fees for participation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101628D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on Education
01/22/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1626)
01/26/2015Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Committee substitute printed 15104226D-H1
01/27/2015Read first time
01/28/2015Read second time
01/28/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104226D-H1
01/28/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1626H1
01/29/2015Read third time and passed House (57-Y 41-N)
01/29/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (57-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1626H1)
02/12/2015Reported from Education and Health (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Passed by for the day
02/17/2015Read third time
02/17/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/17/2015Amendment by Senator Garrett agreed to
02/17/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/17/2015Passed Senate with amendment (22-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Placed on Calendar
02/19/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (60-Y 40-N)
02/19/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (60-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Reconsideration of Senate amendment agreed to by House
02/19/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (62-Y 37-N)
02/19/2015VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (62-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1626ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/24/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1626ER)
03/27/2015G Vetoed by Governor
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015House sustained Governor's veto (60-Y 39-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (60-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Requires 66 affirmative votes to override Governor's veto
04/15/2015VOTE: GOVERNOR'S VETO SUSTAINED (60-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)


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 40 seconds.