School principals; incident reports, written threats against school personnel, etc. (HB4)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville) with support from 41 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Tim Anderson (R-Virginia Beach), Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Jason Ballard (R-Pearisburg), Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Rob Bloxom (R-Accomack), Del. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk), Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine), Del. Mike Cherry (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Tara Durant (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper), Del. Karen Greenhalgh (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Del. Marie March (R-Floyd), Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen), Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater), Del. Phil Scott (R-Spotsylvania), Del. Anne Ferrell Tata (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Kim Taylor (R-Dinwiddie), Del. Otto Wachsmann (R-Sussex), Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), Del. Will Wampler (R-Abingdon), Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall), Del. Bill Wiley (R-Winchester), Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart), Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School principals; incident reports. Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense. The bill provides, as an exception to the requirement to report any written threats against school personnel while on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity, that a principal is not required but may report to the local law-enforcement agency any such incident committed by a student who has an individualized education plan. This bill is identical to SB 36. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/06/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102790D
12/06/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB4)
01/25/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2022Reported from Education with substitute (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2022Committee substitute printed 22105170D-H1
01/28/2022Read first time
01/31/2022Read second time
01/31/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105170D-H1
01/31/2022Amendment by Delegate Rasoul rejected (47-Y 51-N)
01/31/2022VOTE: Rejected (47-Y 51-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB4H1
02/01/2022Read third time and passed House (59-Y 40-N)
02/01/2022VOTE: Passage (59-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/17/2022Reported from Education and Health with amendments (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Read third time
02/21/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/21/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/21/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/2022Passed Senate with amendments (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2022Senate amendments agreed to by House (65-Y 34-N)
02/23/2022VOTE: Adoption (65-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB4ER)
02/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB4H1)
02/25/2022Signed by Speaker
02/25/2022Signed by President
03/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB4ER)
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022Governor's recommendation received by House
04/27/2022Placed on Calendar
04/27/2022House concurred in Governor's recommendation #1 (57-Y 43-N)
04/27/2022House concurred in Governor's recommendation #2 (88-Y 12-N)
04/27/2022Amendment #1 passed by for the day
04/27/2022Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation #2 (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (88-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Reenrolled bill text (HB4ER2)
04/27/2022Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/27/2022Signed by President as reenrolled
04/27/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., May 27, 2022
04/27/2022Communicated to Governor on April 27, 2022
05/27/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 793 (effective 7/1/22)
05/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0793)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB36, HB59 and HB308.


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would require principals of schools to feed the school to prison pipeline by reporting to police any behavior that could be criminal. The law was recently changed to only require reports of felonies. This bill would change that back.

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