Public schools; tobacco products and nicotine vapor products. (SB1295)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), and Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; tobacco products and nicotine vapor products. Requires each school board to (i) develop and implement a policy to prohibit the use and distribution of tobacco products and nicotine vapor products on a school bus, on school property, or at an on-site or off-site school-sponsored activity and (ii) include in its code of student conduct a prohibition against possessing tobacco products or nicotine vapor products on a school bus, on school property, or at an on-site or off-site school-sponsored activity. Current law only places these requirements on each school board with regard to electronic cigarettes. The bill requires such policy to include adequate provisions for enforcement among students, employees, and visitors, including the enumeration of possible sanctions or disciplinary action consistent with state or federal law, and referrals to resources to help staff and students overcome tobacco addiction. This bill is identical to HB 2384. Amends § 22.1-279.6, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


02/14/2019: Passed the General Assembly


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102386D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/09/2019Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/17/2019Committee substitute printed 19105237D-S1
01/17/2019Incorporates SB1056 (Marsden)
01/17/2019Reported from Education and Health with substitute (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Read second time
01/21/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/21/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105237D-S1
01/21/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1295S1
01/22/2019Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Passed Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1295S1)
01/24/2019Placed on Calendar
01/24/2019Read first time
01/24/2019Referred to Committee on Education
02/06/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2019Reported from Education with amendment (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2019Read second time
02/08/2019Read third time
02/08/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/08/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/08/2019Passed House with amendment (85-Y 14-N)
02/08/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1295ER)
02/14/2019Signed by President
02/14/2019Signed by Speaker
02/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1295ER)
02/18/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 18, 2019
02/18/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019

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