Public elementary and secondary schools; treatment of transgender students, policies. (HB145)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public elementary and secondary schools; treatment of transgender students; policies. Requires the Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board, no later than December 31, 2020, model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools that address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to (i) compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; (ii) maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; (iii) prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; (iv) maintenance of student records; (v) identification of students; (vi) protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; (vii) enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and (viii) student participation in sex-specific school activities and events, excluding athletics, and use of school facilities. The bill requires each school board to adopt, no later than the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, policies that are consistent with but may be more comprehensive than such model policies developed by the Department of Education. This bill is identical to SB 161. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101310D
12/18/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB145)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/27/2020Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Read first time
01/30/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/31/2020Read third time and passed House (61-Y 37-N)
01/31/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
01/31/2020Passed House (62-Y 36-N)
01/31/2020VOTE: Passage #2 (62-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/13/2020Reported from Education and Health with amendments (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Passed by temporarily
02/17/2020Read third time
02/17/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/17/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/17/2020Passed Senate with amendments (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Placed on Calendar
02/19/2020Senate amendments agreed to by House (60-Y 39-N)
02/19/2020VOTE: Adoption (60-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB145ER)
02/21/2020Signed by Speaker
02/24/2020Signed by President
02/26/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2020
02/26/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 4, 2020
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB145ER)
03/04/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 153 (effective 7/1/20)
03/04/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0153)