Truancy; educational neglect, penalty. (HB670)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Truancy; educational neglect; penalty. Provides that any parent who willfully contributes to, encourages, or causes any act, omission, or condition that renders his child in need of supervision is guilty of educational neglect, punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill defines a child in need of supervision as a child who, while subject to compulsory school attendance, is habitually and without justification absent from school and (i) the child has been offered an adequate opportunity to receive the benefit of the school's services and programs, (ii) the school has made a reasonable effort to effect the child's regular attendance, and (iii) the school has documented its efforts. The bill further provides that a court may, instead of finding a parent guilty of a first offense of educational neglect, defer proceedings against the parent and place him on probation upon terms and conditions. If the parent complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the court, the court shall dismiss the proceedings. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100556D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law
01/14/2016Assigned App. sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law
01/14/2016Assigned Courts sub:
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB670)
02/01/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Courts of Justice