American Sign Language, instruction in; academic credit, foreign language requirements. (HB84)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Instruction in American Sign Language; academic credit; foreign language requirements. Requires any local school board that does not offer any elective course in American Sign Language to (i) grant academic credit for successful completion of an American Sign Language course offered by a comprehensive community college or a multidivision online provider approved by the Board of Education on the same basis as the successful completion of a foreign language course and (ii) count completion of any such American Sign Language course toward the fulfillment of any foreign language requirement for graduation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/08/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101013D
12/08/2017Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB84)
01/19/2018Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/31/2018Reported from Education with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Read second time
02/05/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB84E
02/05/2018Printed as engrossed 18101013D-E
02/06/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB84E)
02/07/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/22/2018Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB84ER)
02/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB84ER)
02/28/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/23/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 481 (effective 7/1/18)
03/23/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0481)