Teacher licensure; requirements for license, provisional license, etc. (SB349)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), and Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Teacher licensure. Makes several changes to the teacher licensure process, including (i) permitting teachers with a valid out-of-state license, with full credentials and without deficiencies, to receive licensure by reciprocity without passing additional licensing assessments and (ii) permitting a local school board or division superintendent to waive certain licensure requirements for any individual who holds a provisional license and is employed by the local school board. This bill incorporates SB 257, SB 409, SB 548, SB 549, SB 551, SB 558, SB 723, and SB 863 and is identical to HB 1125. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/10/18 18102852D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2018Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB349)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB49 (Dunnavant)
02/08/2018Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Committee substitute printed 18106277D-S1
02/08/2018Incorporates SB723 (Peake)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB257 (Suetterlein)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB409 (McDougle)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB548 (Dunnavant)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB549 (Dunnavant)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB551 (Dunnavant)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB558 (Dunnavant)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB863 (Sturtevant)
02/09/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106277D-S1
02/12/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB349S1
02/12/2018Emergency clause deleted
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Education
02/16/2018Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #1
02/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB349S1)
02/26/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/28/2018Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Committee substitute printed 18107336D-H1
03/02/2018Read second time
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107336D-H1
03/05/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB349H1
03/05/2018Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB349H1)
03/06/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018House insisted on substitute
03/07/2018House requested conference committee
03/08/2018Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Peake, Newman, Lucas
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Landes, Bell, Richard P., VanValkenburg
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference substitute printed 18108199D-S2
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
03/10/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB349S2)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB349ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB349ER)
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/04/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 748 (effective 7/1/18)
04/04/2018G 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, 4 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


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

the body. >> delegate from augusta, delegate landis. >> thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, members of the house , this is the bill I referred to a moment ago that is identical to house bill 1125, and has the conference report recommended. I neglected to say that everything else that had been a compromise and we worked on for teacher licensure, and to deal with the teacher shortage issue, is included in both. So Mr. Speaker, I would ask the house to agree to the conference committee report.

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave): shall the conference report be adopted?