Students; guidelines on excused student absences, civic or political engagement. (HB1940)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; guidelines on excused student absences; civic engagement. Provides that, subject to guidelines established by the Department of Education, each school board (i) shall permit one school day-long excused absence per school year for any middle school or high school student in the local school division who is absent from school to engage in a civic event and (ii) may permit additional excused absences for such students who are absent for such purposes. The bill also provides that local school boards may require that the student provide advance notice of the intended absence and require that the student provide documentation of participation in a civic event. This bill is identical to SB 1439. Read the Bill »


03/12/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100543D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2021Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/14/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1940)
01/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/18/2021Reported from Education (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2021Read first time
01/20/2021Passed by for the day
01/21/2021Floor substitute printed 21103483D-H1 (Rasoul)
01/21/2021Read second time
01/21/2021Substitute by Delegate Rasoul agreed to 21103483D-H1
01/21/2021Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1940H1
01/22/2021Read third time and passed House (62-Y 37-N)
01/22/2021VOTE: Passage (62-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/25/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/28/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1940H1)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2021Reported from Education and Health with amendments (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/15/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2021Passed Senate with amendments (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Placed on Calendar
02/17/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (61-Y 38-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption (61-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1940ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1940ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/12/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 104 (effective 7/1/21)
03/12/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0104)