Students; questionnaires and surveys requesting sexual information, etc. (HB1698)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Student questionnaires and surveys; parental notification and consent. Requires each school board, in any case in a questionnaire or survey requesting that students provide sexual information, mental health information, medical information, information on student health risk behaviors, other information on controlled substance use, or any other information that the school board deems to be sensitive in nature is to be administered, to give the parent 30 days' electronic and written notice of the nature and types of questions, the purposes and age-appropriateness of the questionnaire or survey, how such information will be used, who will have access to such information, the steps that will be taken to protect student privacy, and whether and how any findings or results will be disclosed. The bill gives the parent the right to request that an advance copy of the questionnaire or survey be sent to him, to review the document in person at the school, and to exempt his child from participation. Under current law, (i) such written notice only applies to surveys or questionnaires on sexual information and information on student health risk behaviors, (ii) the detailed contents of the notice only apply to information on student health risk behaviors, and (iii) the parent has the right to review questionnaires and surveys but no right to request that a copy be sent to him. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100565D
01/12/2015Referred to Committee on Education
01/22/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1698)
01/23/2015Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/04/2015Reported from Education with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Committee substitute printed 15104519D-H1
02/05/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Passed by for the day
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104519D-H1
02/09/2015Amendments by Delegate Wilt agreed to
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB1698EH1
02/09/2015Printed as engrossed 15104519D-EH1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (99-Y 1-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2015Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/19/2015Reported from Education and Health with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Read third time
02/23/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/23/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/23/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/23/2015Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Placed on Calendar
02/24/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1698ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1698ER)
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 703 (effective 7/1/15)
03/27/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0703)


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 4 minutes.