Children who are deaf or hard of hearing; language development, assessment resources. (SB265)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Language development for children who are deaf or hard of hearing; assessment resources for parents and educators; advisory committee; report. Requires the Department of Education, in coordination with the Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, to (i) select, with input from an advisory committee that the bill establishes, language developmental milestones and include such milestones in a resource for use by parents of a child from birth to age five who is identified as deaf or hard of hearing to monitor and track their child's expressive and receptive language acquisition and developmental stages toward English literacy; (ii) disseminate such resource to such parents; (iii) select existing tools or assessments for educators for use in assessing the language and literacy development of children from birth to age five who are deaf or hard of hearing; (iv) disseminate such tools or assessments to local educational agencies and provide materials and training on their use; and (v) annually produce a report that compares the language and literacy development of children from birth to age five who are deaf or hard of hearing with the language and literacy development of their peers who are not deaf or hard of hearing and make such report available to the public on its website. The bill states that the advisory committee function shall terminate effective June 30, 2023. This bill is identical to HB 649. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104072D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/25/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB265)
02/03/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22105891D-S1
02/03/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (12-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/06/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB265S1)
02/08/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106322D-S2
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Floor substitute printed 22106550D-S3 (Hashmi)
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Committee substitute rejected 22105891D-S1
02/11/2022Committee substitute rejected 22106322D-S2
02/11/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2022Substitute by Senator Hashmi agreed to 22106550D-S3
02/11/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB265S3
02/14/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/23/2022Committee substitute printed 22106920D-H1
02/23/2022Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read second time
02/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB265H1)
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106920D-H1
02/28/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB265H1
02/28/2022Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/28/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Title replaced 22106920D-H1
03/07/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB265ER)
03/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB265ER)
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/08/2022Signed by Speaker
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
04/08/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 240 (effective 7/1/22)
04/08/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0240)