Private certified preschool or nursery school programs; licensure exemptions. (HB1837)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure exemptions; private preschool and nursery school programs. Modifies the licensure exemption requirements for certified preschool or nursery school programs operated by a private school that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Board of Education. The bill removes the list of accrediting associations from the licensure exemption language and provides a reference to the Code section that establishes the process for recognition of accrediting organizations by the Board of Education. The bill removes certain licensure exemption requirements that such preschool and nursery school programs must meet and modifies others, including (i) increasing the amount of time children may attend such programs per day from four hours to the maximum time allowed under the school's kindergarten program; and (ii) lowering the minimum age of children permitted to attend the programs from age four to age three. The bill also allows the Commissioner of Social Services to inspect such preschool and nursery school programs to ensure compliance with applicable requirements, either annually or in response to a complaint. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101876D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/19/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1837)
02/02/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2017Committee substitute printed 17104326D-H1
02/03/2017Read first time
02/05/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1837H1)
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104326D-H1
02/06/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1837H1
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/2017Rereferred from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/17/2017Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Committee substitute printed 17105640D-S1
02/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1837S1)
02/20/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Read third time
02/21/2017Reading of substitute waived
02/21/2017Committee substitute agreed to
02/21/2017Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Passed by for the day
02/22/2017Read third time
02/22/2017Committee substitute reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Committee substitute rejected 17105640D-S1
02/22/2017Floor substitute printed 17105738D-S2 (Hanger)
02/22/2017Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2017Substitute by Senator Hanger agreed to 17105738D-S2
02/22/2017Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB1837S2
02/22/2017Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1837S2)
02/23/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Placed on Calendar
02/23/2017Senate substitute rejected by House 17105738D-S2 (0-Y 99-N)
02/23/2017VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Senate insisted on substitute (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Motion to reconsider insist on substitute agreed to (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Senate requested conference committee
02/23/2017House acceded to request
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2017Delegates: Orrock, Garrett, James
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2017Senators: Carrico, Hanger, Barker
02/25/2017C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2017Conference substitute printed 17105836D-H2
02/25/2017Passed by temporarily
02/25/2017Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
02/25/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2017Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1837H2)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1837ER)
03/07/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1837ER)
03/07/2017Signed by Speaker
03/10/2017Signed by President
03/13/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 748 (effective 7/1/17)
03/24/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0748)


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 4 minutes.


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

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): are ready to go cnada. But they have apparently already gone. We will skip that pa are the part and go to the gentleman from colonial heights, Mr. Cox.

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights): Ms. , Mr. Speaker I move the houseadjourn sine die.

[Unknown]: as many as favor that motion will aaye. Those opposed no.

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights): the motion is agreed to.

[Unknown]: Members, please take your seats.