Public schools; lock-down drills, frequency, exemptions. (HB402)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; lock-down drills; frequency; exemptions. Requires every public school to hold at least one lock-down drill after the first 60 days of the school session, in addition to the two lock-down drills required to be held during the first 20 days of the school session at each such school. Current law requires each public school to hold at least two lock-down drills after the first 20 days of the school session. The bill requires pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to be exempt from mandatory participation in lock-down drills during the first 60 days of the school session and requires local school boards to develop policies to implement such exemption. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100724D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB402)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/20/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/22/2020Reported from Education with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/27/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB402E
01/27/2020Printed as engrossed 20100724D-E
01/28/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020VOTE: (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB402E)
02/11/2020Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed Senate with amendments (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/24/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 96-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate insisted on amendments (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/02/2020House acceded to request
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/03/2020Senators: Hashmi, Locke, Suetterlein
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Keam, Simonds, Batten
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109604D-H1
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB402ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB402ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1040 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1040)