Public schools; fire drills and lock-down drills. (HB1279)

Introduced By

Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patron Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston)

Progress

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

Description

Public schools; fire drills; lock-down drills. Requires every public school to hold a fire drill at least once every week during the first 10 school days of each school session and at least two additional fire drills during the remainder of the school session. Under current law, every public school is required to hold a fire drill at least once every week during the first 20 school days of each school session and at least once every month during the remainder of the school session. The bill also requires every public school to hold a lock-down drill at least once every week during the first 20 school days of each school session and at least two additional lock-down drills during the remainder of the school session. Under current law, every public school is required to hold at least two lock-down drills every school year. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/20/2016Committee
01/20/2016Presented and ordered printed 16104412D
01/20/2016Referred to Committee on Education
01/29/2016Assigned to sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/29/2016Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
02/04/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB1279)
02/08/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 1-N)
02/10/2016Reported from Education (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Read first time
02/12/2016Passed by for the day
02/15/2016Floor substitute printed 16105540D-H1 (Anderson)
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Substitute by Delegate Anderson agreed to 16105540D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1279H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/25/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1279H1)
03/03/2016Reported from Education and Health (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Read third time
03/04/2016Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Enrolled
03/08/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1279ER)
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1279ER)
03/08/2016Signed by Speaker
03/10/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/29/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 524 (effective 7/1/16)
03/29/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0524)

Video

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 1 minute.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FIRE DRILLS, LOCKDOWN DRILLS, REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, THERE IS A A FLOOR SUBSTITUTE. MR. ANDERSON. I WOULD MOVE ADOPTION OF THE FLOOR SUBSTITUTE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE FLOOR SUBSTITUTE OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PRINCE WILLIAM. AS MANY AS FAVOR THAT MOTION WILL SAY AYE; THOSE OPPOSED, NO. SUBSTITUTE IS AGREED TO. GENTLEMAN FROM PRINCE WILLIAM.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HAS TO DO WITH HOUSE BILL 1279 HAS TO DO WITH THE MIXTURE BETWEEN DESIGNATED FIRE DRILLS AND LOCKDOWN DRILLS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES. AT THE PRESENT TIME PRINCIPALS ARE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT 13 FIRE DRILLS AS OPPOSED TO TWO LOCKDOWN DRILLS, AND AS WE KNOW, IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, THERE IS A PRESSING NEED FOR LOCKDOWN DRILLS. IN A COUNTRY WHERE WE HAVE HAD VERY FEW FATALITIES AS A RESULT OF FIRES IN SCHOOLS. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS TAKES THOSE NUMBERS OF 13 FIRE DRILLS AND TWO LOCKDOWN DRILLS, EQUALIZES THEM TO A POINT WHERE THERE ARE FOUR FIRE DRILLS REQUIRED AND FOUR LOCKDOWN DRILLS FOR A TOTAL OF EIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THAT WE ENGROSSES THE BILL AND MOVE IT TO ITS THIRD READING.