Public elementary and secondary schools; threat assessment team membership, etc. (HB873)

Introduced By

Del. Karen Greenhalgh (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public elementary and secondary schools; threat assessment team membership; law-enforcement liaison for certain school administrators. Requires, in the case of any public elementary or secondary school in which a school resource officer is employed, the threat assessment team for such school to include at least one such school resource officer. The bill requires the chief local law-enforcement officer for any local school division in which a public elementary or secondary school does not employ a school resource officer to designate a law-enforcement officer to receive, either in-person or online, the school safety training for public school personnel conducted by the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety in accordance with relevant law and requires such officer to serve as the law-enforcement liaison for the school administrator in such a school who has also received such training as prescribed by relevant law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104063D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/24/2022Assigned Education sub: Early Childhood/Innovation
01/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB873)
02/03/2022Assigned Education sub: K-12
02/07/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2022Reported from Education (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2022Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/09/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/09/2022Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106167D-H1
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB873H1)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106167D-H1
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB873H1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/22/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/24/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
03/03/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22106977D-S1
03/03/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/03/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB873S1)
03/07/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Read third time
03/08/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/08/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106977D-S1
03/08/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB873S1
03/08/2022Passed Senate with substitute (25-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22106977D-S1 (80-Y 17-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Adoption (80-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB873ER)
03/11/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB873ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G 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 (68-Y 32-N)
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (68-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/27/2022Reenrolled bill text (HB873ER2)
04/27/2022Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/27/2022Signed by President as reenrolled
04/27/2022Enacted, Chapter 769 (effective 7/1/22)
04/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0769)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB415.


ACLU People Power Fairfax writes:

We share VA NOW's concerns and congratulate all those who voted NO on this bill in the Education Committee. It was rightly defeated. The disproportionate impact on students of color is our primary concern. We note in addition that the state should not be taking local control away from School Boards who know and should determine what their individual school's needs are. SRO expansion would be extremely costly, and most schools surveyed listed behavioral and mental health as the most pressing safety concerns. Increasing teacher pay is ​also a higher priority and badly needed especially during this pandemic.