Public schools; dyslexia advisor. (SB1516)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)

Progress

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

Description

Public schools; dyslexia advisor. Requires one reading specialist employed by each local school board to have training in the identification of and the appropriate interventions, accommodations, and teaching techniques for students with dyslexia or a related disorder and to serve as an advisor on dyslexia and related disorders. Amends § 22.1-253.13:2, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/19/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103450D
01/19/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/02/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1516)
02/02/2017Committee substitute printed 17104995D-S1
02/02/2017Reported from Education and Health with substitute (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104995D-S1
02/06/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1516S1
02/07/2017Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2017Placed on Calendar
02/09/2017Read first time
02/09/2017Referred to Committee on Education
02/13/2017Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Committee substitute printed 17105396D-H1
02/14/2017Read second time
02/14/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1516H1)
02/15/2017Passed by for the day
02/16/2017Read third time
02/16/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105396D-H1
02/16/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1516H1
02/16/2017Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/16/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017House insisted on substitute
02/21/2017House requested conference committee
02/22/2017Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Conferees appointed by Senate
02/22/2017Senators: Black, Howell, Lucas
02/23/2017Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2017Delegates: Cline, Hodges, Bell, John J.
02/24/2017C Amended by conference committee
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
02/24/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Enrolled
03/07/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1516ER)
03/07/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1516ER)
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
03/20/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 629 (effective 7/1/17)
03/20/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0629)

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 13 minutes.

Transcript

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



Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon): GETTING OUT AND GETTING IN OUR GROUND WATER AND RIVERS AND WE HAVE SIX SITES IN VIRGINIA, STREAMS. JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW CLOSE THIS IS OR HOW IT AFFECTS THE PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT. WE HAVE POSSUM POINT UP IN DUMFRIES, BLUFF IN PALMYRA, A SITE IN CHESTERFIELD ON THE JAMES RIVER, WE HAVE TWO SITES ON THE JAMES AND THERE'S ANOTHER SITE DOWN ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER, THE CHESAPEAKE SITE. THE CHESAPEAKE SITE IS ACTUALLY INTERESTING. IT'S AN ENTIRE POWER PLANT BUILT ON AN ISLAND OF COAL ASH WITH THE COAL ASH POND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COAL ASH ISLAND AND AN ENTIRE GOLF COURSE THAT NOBODY WANTS TO OWN ANYMORE. AND THEN THERE'S ALSO TWO SITES OUT IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, GLEN LYNN AND CLINCH RIVER, AND GLEN LYNN AND CARBO. THERE ARE TWO MASSIVE SPILLS IN THE UNITED STATES, ONE IN TENNESSEE AND ONE WHICH WE KNOW ABOUT THAT CAME THROUGH VIRGINIA A COUPLE YEARS AGO, ONE IS A SUPER FUND SITE AND THE OTHER ONE COST OVER A BILLION DOLLARS TO CLEAN UP. AND DUE TO THOSE SPILLS, THOSE POND BREAKS, THE EPA SAYS THAT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO CLOSE DOWN THESE FONDS AND SO -- PONDS AND SO THE DEQ IS TRYING TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CLOTE PONDS DOWN. YOU HAVE TO GET TWO PERMITS A WATER PERMIT AND WASTE PERMIT IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE IT IN PLACE AND LAND FILL IT. DEQ HAS BEEN STRUGGLING IT WITH, I THINK. IN NCAA -- IN NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA, WE STARTED TO DO RECYCLING AND IN VIRGINIA, WE HAVEN'T LOOKED AT THAT. IN NORTH CAROLINA, THEY'RE DOING CLEAN CLOSURE, DIGGING IT UP AND HAULING IT AND PUTTING IT IN A LAND FILL. A LOT OF NORTH CAROLINA'S ASH IS COMING TO VIRGINIA. WHAT THIS BILL BASICALLY DOES IS IT SAYS THAT BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY CAN ISSUE ANY PERMANENT WASTE PERMIT ON A COAL ASH DUMP, THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH CERTAIN STEPS. NUMBER ONE, THEY HAVE TO ASK DOMINION -- AND BY THE WAY, THIS BILL ONLY APPLIES TO ANY COAL ASH PONDS THAT ARE IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED, WHICH IS ONLY DOMINION. THE TWO APCO POND ARE ON THE NEW RIVER. WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN IS DOMINION HAS TO DO ANALYSIS OF WATER POLLUTION AND HOW TO FIX IT. NUMBER TWO, THEY HAVE DO AN ASSESSMENT OF WHETHER THEY CAN RECYCLE ANY OF THIS COAL ASH. NUMBER THREE, THEY HAVE TO EVALUATE THE POSSIBILITY OF CLEAN CLOSURE, THAT IS DIGGING IT UP AND MOVING IT. NUMBER FOUR, THEY HAVE TO DO AN ANALYSIS OF WHETHER OR NOT ANY OF THESE PONDS ARE SUBJECT TO HAVING PROBLEMS DUE TO HURRICANES, FLOODING OR OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL VERY LOW NEXT TO RIVERS AND WATER BODIES, AND LASTLY, THEY HAVE TO TAKE A REALLY HARD LOOK AT RECYCLING. ONCE THEY'VE DONE THAT, THEY GIVE ALL THAT INFORMATION TO DEQ AND DEQ IS ALLOWED TO ISSUE A PERMIT. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS WILL ENSURE WE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. I WANT TO SAY REALLY QUICK ALSO, I KNOW THERE'S BEEN CONCERN ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS SORT OF PART OF THE PUBLIC NARRATIVE THAT DEEM NONIZED COAL AND I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THIS IS NOT. IT'S NOT THAT AT ALL. COMMISSIONER OF VDOT THE OTHER I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE DAY AND HE POINTED OUT TO ME THAT COAL ASH, ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, THEY DISCOVERED THAT THE USE OF COAL ASH IN CONCRETE MIXTURES HAS ENHANCED VIRGINIA'S CONCRETE SIGNIFICANTLY. THEY MADE IT TO THIS HIGH PERFORMANCE CONCRETE WHICH THEY THINK LAST AND LOT LONGER THAN OUR EXISTING CONCRETE. THE PROBLEM IS WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH COAL ASH IN VIRGINIA TO MEET OUR NEEDS AND WE'RE ACTUALLY IMPORTING IT FROM CHINA, CASS KAZAKHSTAN AND OTHER STATES, SO I THINK THIS BILL IS A GOOD BILL BECAUSE IT WILL FORCE US TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN USE OUR COAL ASH HERE IN VIRGINIA, RECYCLE IT AND MAKE JOBS, CLEAN THE ENVIRONMENT IN VIRGINIA, START USING OUR COAL ASH TO BUILD OUR ROADS AND SCHOOLS AND ALSO MAKE CONCRETE BLOCK OUT OF IT. MR. PRESIDENT, I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU SENATOR MARSDEN, STANLEY AND THE CHAIRMAN WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH ME ON THIS ISSUE FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW. WATER QUALITY IS A BIPARTISAN I'VE HAD A LOT OF SPORTSMEN, ISSUE. GUYS WHO FISH, BOAT, SWIM IN THE RIVERS, CONTACT ME, PEOPLE WHO EARN THEIR LIVING ON THE RIVER. I THINK THIS IS A GOOD STEP TO MAKE SURE WE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS IN VIRGINIA. MOVE THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 1398 RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. THEIR VOTE?

[Unknown]: AYES 29, NOS 11. AYES 29, NOS 11. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 1413, A BUILT RELATING TO IMMUNITY OF PERSONS, DEFAMATION, STATEMENTS REGARDING MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN COMMUNICATED TO A THIRD PARTY. THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM TEMPERATURE VANT. RICHMOND CITY, SENATOR MR. PRESIDENT, MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BILL THAT IS BEFORE YOU FOR CONSIDERATION IS WHAT IS CALLED ANTI-SLAP LEGISLATION. IT IS FREE SPEECH IN A CONSUMER PROTECTION BILL. WE ARE ALREADY HAVE A VERSION OF IT ON THE BOOKS THAT PROTECTS THE PUBLIC WHEN THEY SPEAK BEFORE SCHOOL BOARDS AND CITY COUNCILS AND BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS FROM BEING SUED. THIS BILL EXPANDS THAT SOMEWHAT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM SIMILAR TYPES OF STRATEGIC LAWSUITS THAT ARE MEANT TO STIFLE DISCUSSION OF MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN, BUT THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY MADE AT A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OR A CITY COUNCIL MEETING, BUT THAT ARE MADE OUTSIDE OF THAT CONTEXT, BUT WITH REGARD TO THOSE SAME MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN. I HAD A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS IN MY DISTRICT WHO WROTE A PRIVATE LETTER TO THEIR SUPERINTENDENT, MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT A PRINCIPAL, A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF ALL THINGS ACTUALLY PUBLISHED THAT LETTER AND THEN THIS GROUP OF PARENTS FROM A LOCAL SCHOOL WERE SUED BY THAT PRINCIPAL. THEY HAD TO TAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT. THEY HAD TO HIRE LAWYERS TO DEFEND THEM THROUGHOUT THAT PROCESS, AND AS I'VE BROUGHT THIS BILL, I'VE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF YOU ALL WHO KNOW OR ARE AWARE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ALSO HAD THESE SORTS OF SUITS EITHER FILED AGAINST AVERAGE CONSTITUENTS OR HAVE BEEN THREATENED AGAINST THEM, AND THIS IS A BILL THAT WOULD HELP TO DISINCENTIVIZE PUBLIC OFFICIALS FROM SEEKING TO STIFLE PRESPEECH WITH THESE STRATEGIC

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. LAWSUITS. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 1413 ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 38, NOS 2. AYES 38, NOS 2. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 1414, A BILL RELATING TO STUDENTS RECEIVING HOME INSTRUCTION, PARTICIPATION IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND PRELIMINARY SAT/NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST EXAMINATIONS. THE SENATOR FROM BEDFORD, SENATOR NEWMAN.

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest): MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE MOTION.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest): MR. PRESIDENT, THE BILL JUST UPDATES THE CODE OF VIRGINIA ON THE NEW NAMES FOR MANY OF THE TESTS THAT ARE IN THE BILL. IT ALSO MOVES TO A WRITTEN POLICY LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS WILL HAVE ON IMPLEMENTING THE NOTICE AND ALSO IF THERE'S FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE, JUST LIKE THE CODE BEFORE, THEY CONTINUE TO LET THE CHILDREN KNOW THAT THERE IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE. THE AMENDMENT YESTERDAY JUST ENSURED THAT THE PREAC TEST WAS ALSO INCLUDED. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THOSE IN THE SCHOOL INDUSTRY ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 1414 PASS. RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? OPPOSED NO. HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 40, NOS 0. AYES 40, NOS 0. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 1449, A BILL RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RED TAPE REDUCTION COMMISSION, REVIEW OF REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS, REPORT. THE SENATOR FROM CHESTERFIELD, SENATOR CHASE.

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian): MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS A GREAT BILL THAT'S GOING TO HELP REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF RED TAPE THAT WE HAVE. IT PROVIDES FOR A -- AND ACTUALLY, THERE IS A PART IN HERE THAT WE TOOK OUT THAT WOULD REDUCE THE RED TAPE NECESSARY TO REDUCE RED TAPE, IF YOU WILL. WE'VE CHANGED THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE RED TAPE COMMISSION TO BE CITIZEN BOARD COMPRISED OF NINE MEMBERS, SIX APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, TWO BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND ONE BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE. AND THE COMMISSION CONTINUES TO BE LOCATED IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. IT PROVIDES FOR THE RED TAPE COMMISSION ADMINISTER REGULATORY REQUIREMENT BASELINE PROCESS RATHER THAN ESTABLISHING A DIVISION WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND BUDGET. IT EXCLUDES REGULATIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO CONFORM TO CHANGES IN VIRGINIA'S STATUTORY LAW OR THAT APPROPRIATIONS ACT WHERE NO AGENCY DISCRETION IS INVOLVED OR TO MEET REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL LAW OR REGULATIONS FROM THE DEFINITION OF A REGULATORY REQUIREMENT. THIS LIMITS THE UNIVERSE TO DISCRETIONARY RULE MAKING. AND THIS IS A BILL THAT WE HEARD EARLIER AND HAS COME BACK OVER FROM FINANCE, SO I'M JUST GOING TO MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 1449 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 21, NOS 19. AYES 21, NOS 19. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 1475, A BILL RELATING TO FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, CURRICULUM GUIDELINES AND CURRICULA. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM RICHMOND CITY, SENATOR McCLELLAN.

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THAT MOTION.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond): THANK YOU. SENATE BILL 1475 ADDS TO THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CURRICULUM GUIDELINES THAT COVER -- LAST YEAR WE ADDED INSTRUCTION ON SEXUAL ASSAULT. WHAT THIS BILL DOES WILL ADD TO THAT INSTRUCTION INFORMATION THAT CONSENT IS REQUIRED FOR SEXUAL ACTIVITY BECAUSE SEXUAL ACTIVITY ABSENT CONSENSE IS SEXUAL ASSAULT. THE BILL ALSO ADDS THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS WILL BE ADDED TO FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION. CURRENTLY, SLE IS LIMITED TO THE IMPORTANCE OF PAIRGEG. THIS EXPANDS IT TO COVER THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP, SIBLINGS, FOSTER CARE, KINSHIP CARE AND OTHER FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 1475 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 37, NOS 2. AYES 37, NOS 2. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 1490, A BILL RELATING TO UNIFORM MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS ACT, APPLYING FOR AND CASTING MILITARY-OVERSEAS BALLOTS. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA BEACH, SENATOR DeSTEPH.

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach): MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT THIS BILL DOES -- MAY THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU.

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach): WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS ALLOW THOSE DEPLOYED OVERSEAS WITHOUT ACCESS TO THE U.S. MAIL THE ABILITY TO VOTE AND HAVE THEIR VOTES RETURNED ELECTRONICALLY. NOW, THIS SETS UP A TWO-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM FOR THAT TO HAPPEN, AND THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT. WITH THAT, MAY THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE