Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs. (HB131)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester)

Progress

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

Description

Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs. Prohibits public schools from joining an organization governing interscholastic programs that does not deem eligible for participation a student who (i) receives 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 provides that no local school board is required to establish a policy to permit students who receive home instruction to participate in interscholastic programs. The bill permits reasonable fees to be charged to students who receive home instruction to cover the costs of participation in such interscholastic programs, including the costs of additional insurance, uniforms, and equipment. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2021. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/18/2015Committee
12/18/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102337D
12/18/2015Referred to Committee on Education
01/20/2016Reported from Education (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB131)
01/21/2016Read first time
01/25/2016Passed by for the day
01/26/2016Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2016Read third time and passed House (58-Y 41-N)
01/27/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (58-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/2016Reported from Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Read third time
02/22/2016Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Enrolled
02/24/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB131ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
02/25/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB131ER)
02/29/2016G Vetoed by Governor
03/02/2016House sustained Governor's veto (57-Y 42-N)
03/02/2016VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (57-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Required 66 affirmative votes to override the Governor's Veto

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.

Transcript

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



Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville): HOME SCHOOLERS DO THIS. AND WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE OF THE BODY TO VOTE YES. THANK YOU.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SPEAKING TO THE VETO.

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville): GENTLEMAN HAS THE FLOOR.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WOULD PROHIBIT A PUBLIC SCHOOL FROM JOINING A PROGRAM THAT DON'T ALLOW HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE. THERE ARE MORE THAN 200,000 STUDENTS AND 300 HIGH SCHOOLS BELONG TO THE VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE AND THEY RECOGNIZE IT IS EARNED THROUGH ACADEMIC INVOLVEMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT. ACCORDING TO THE LEAGUE'S ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT THERE ARE 13 PREREQUISITES THAT MUST BE MET BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING SUCCESSFUL PASSAGE OF FIVE SUBJECTS IN THE PAST SEMESTER TO ENGAGE IN THE COMPETITIONS AND DUE TO THE DESPERATE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR STUDENTS TO SATISFY THE SAME REQUIREMENTS THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS NEED TO MEET TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTIVITIES. BY ALLOWING A DIFFERENT STANDARD FOR HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS WOULD INTRODUCE A LEVEL OF UNFAIRNESS AND I ASK YOU VOTE NO TO OVERRIDE THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): SHALL THE HOUSE OVERRIDE THE GOVERNOR'S VETO? CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB612.

Comments

Bill the thrill writes:

Home schooled same taxpayers 12,000 per yr
Let them play ball