School boards; reasonable access by certain youth groups. (HB942)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)

Progress

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

Description

School property; reasonable access by youth groups federally listed as patriotic and national organizations. Requires school boards to provide reasonable access to school property to any youth group listed as a patriotic and national organization in 36 U.S.C. Subtitle II, Part B, such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and their affiliated groups, councils, staffs, and volunteers in the Commonwealth, to provide written materials and speak to students at times other than instructional time during the school day to encourage such students to participate in the activities and programs provided by such organization. Amends § 22.1-131, § 22.1-132.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

04/01/2016: signed by governor

History

DateAction
01/12/2016Committee
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101777D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2016Assigned to sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/19/2016Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/27/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
02/01/2016Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB942)
02/04/2016Read third time and passed House (66-Y 32-N)
02/04/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/10/2016Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/25/2016Reported from Education and Health with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Committee substitute printed 16105818D-S1
02/26/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Read third time
02/29/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/29/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105818D-S1
02/29/2016Reading of amendment waived
02/29/2016Amendment by Senator Petersen agreed to
02/29/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB942S1
02/29/2016Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (29-Y 8-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/01/2016Placed on Calendar
03/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB942S1)
03/02/2016Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 16105818D-S1 (85-Y 13-N)
03/02/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (85-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Enrolled
03/03/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB942ER)
03/03/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB942ER)
03/03/2016Signed by Speaker
03/06/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 647 (effective 7/1/16)
04/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0647)

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 6 minutes.

Transcript

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



Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 30, NOS 8. AYES 30, NOS 8. THE BILL PASSS. HOUSE BILL 942. A BILL RELATING TO SCHOOL PROPERTY REASONABLE ACCESS BY YOUTH GROUPS FEDERALLY LISTED AS PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND HEALTH WITH A SUBSTITUTE. AND THERE IS A FLOOR AMENDMENT. THANK YOU, MADAM CLERK. THE SENATOR FROM LYNCHBURG. I MOVE THAT THE SUBSTITUTE BY AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE SUBSTITUTE AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERS. I MOVE TO WAIVE THE READING OF THE FLOOR AMENDMENT. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE READING OF THE FLOOR AMENDMENT BE WAIVED. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE READING OF THE FLOOR AMENDMENT IS WAIVED. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY. THE FLOOR AMENDMENTS THIS IS THE BOY SCOUTS AND GIRL SCOUTS ACCESS BILL. THE FLOOR AMENDMENT SIMPLY CLARIFIES THAT THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED ACCESS TO AFTERCOOL ACTIVITIES IS NOT NECESSARILY EXCLUSIVE SO THE USE OF THE WORD ALSO. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE FLOOR AMENDMENT BE AGREED TO. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE FLOOR AMENDMENT IS AGGRADE TO. THE SENATOR FROM LYNCHBURG. MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THAT MOTION. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, FOR A LONG TIME THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND GIRL SCOUTS OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN GOING INTO SCHOOLS DURING CERTAIN TIMES AND PROVIDING MEMBERSHIP DRIVES AND THAT TYPE OF THING. THIS BILL SIM YUM SETS UP THE PERHAPS TERRITORIES THAT THAT IS TO TAKE PLACE. THE BILL IS ORIGINALLY DRAFTED BEFORE WE ENDED UP AMENDING IT WOULD GIVE SOME BROAD ACCESS EVEN DURING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. THIS HAIR ARE NARROWED IT DOWN TO A LESS AND MORE REASONABLE TIME. MR. PRESIDENT, I HOPE THAT THE BILL WOULD PASS. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM ARLINGTON, SENATOR FAVOLA. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I RISE FOR A QUESTION. WOULD THE SENATOR YIELD? I YIELD, MR. PRESIDENT,. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I AM UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS ALREADY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ALLOW BOY SCOUT AND GIRL SCOUT ORGANIZATIONS INTO THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS SO I AM UNCLEAR WHY THE BILL IS THE SENATOR FROM LYNCHBURG. NEEDED. IT WOULD ENSURE THAT THAT TOOK PLACE. IF YOU LOOK ON LINE NINE SUBJECT TO 22.1-131 OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA THEY WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE AND APPROPRIATE ACCESS TO THE SCHOOLS. THANK YOU, SENATOR. FOLLOW-UP YES. WOULD THE SENATE YIELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION. I YIELD. SO ESSENTIALLY THIS IS TELLING THE SCHOOL BOARDS THEY MUST DO THIS BECAUSE OF THE WORD MR. PRESIDENT, THAT IS SHALL. CORRECT. THAT IS CORRECT. IT IS A BILL CAME TO US ORIGINALLY NOT ONLY WOULD IT BUT IT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED IT TO BE AVAILABLE HERE AND EVEN DURING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME AND THAT TYPE THING. THE COMMITTEE HEARD INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT IS CALLED THE BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS AND THAT IS IN PARTICULAR WHERE INDIVIDUALS WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BOY SCOUTS AND GIRL SCOUTS WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO COME. IT IS A RAIMENT UNDER PROVISIONS OF THE ACT. MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKING TO THE MOTION. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. ONE OF MY CONCERNS WHOER IS THAT WE HAVE NAMED AN ORGANIZATION OR A SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONS THAT SHALL HAVE ACCESS TO BUILDINGS. I THINK IT OPENS THE DOOR. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS MAY COME BACK AND ASK FOR THE SAME GUARANTEE, IF YOU WILL. SO, I FOR THAT REASON I WILL NOT BE SUPPORTING THE BILL. BUT I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERSEN. MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE WORD SMITHING ON IN ACTUALLY WAS SOME WHAT TORTUOUS. WE TRIED TO GIVE THE SCHOOL BOARDS AS MUCH DISCRETION AS POSSIBLE AND BE SUPPORTIVE OF THE SCOUTS. I WAS A DEN LEADER AND I KNOW WE HAVE FORMER EAGLE SCOUTS AND WE ARE TRYING TO SUPPORT THE SCOUTS. IT IS IS SECTION ONE BILL. I HAVE HEARD FROM SCOUT LEADERS THAT HAD A HARD TIME GETTING IN TO SCHOOLS TO TRY AND RECRUIT STUDENTS AND IF YOU THINK SCOUTS ARE POSITIVE THEN YOU ARE IN FAVOR. IF YOU ARE NEUTRAL OR NEGATIVE, THEN VOTE KNOW.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE REQUEST HE IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 942 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLA YE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.


[Unknown]: THE CODE OF VIRGINIA RELATING TO SCHOOL PROPERTY REASONABLE ACCESS TO YOUTH GROUPS LISTED AS PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN FROM ROCKINGHAM, MR. WILT.

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, BEFORE US IS THE WORK OF THE SENATE IN EFFORTS TO ADDRESS SOME CONCERNS THAT THE BILL HAS GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS, A WHAT THE SUBSTITUTE DOES IS MAKES IT A SECTION ONE BILL AND HE RIM NATES LANGUAGE WE SAW THAT REFERRED TO THE GROUPS PUT LANGUAGE IN THERE THAT IS MORE FRIENDLY TO THOSE WHO HAD CONCERN ABOUT THAT. AND THE AMENDMENT ADDS THE WORD ALSO THAT WOULD HELP SECURE THE IDEA OF IT BEING DURING SCHOOL DAY. SO I MOVE WE ACCEPT THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): SHALL THE SENATE SUBSTITUTE WITH AMENDMENT BE AGREED TO? CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.