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

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)

Progress

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

Description

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. The bill provides such policies may include procedures for effectively communicating the policy to students, their parents and families, school personnel, visitors on school premises, and local residents, groups, businesses, and other organizations served by the school. Amends § 22.1-279.6, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/17/2019: passed committee

History

DateAction
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
01/17/2019Reported from Education and Health with substitute (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2019Committee substitute printed 19105237D-S1
01/17/2019Incorporates SB1056 (Marsden)
01/18/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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