School principals; incident reports, written threats against school personnel, etc. (SB36)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


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 incorporates SB 2, SB 287, and SB 613 and is identical to HB 4. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/27/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100573D
12/27/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/12/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB36)
01/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB36)
02/01/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/10/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Committee substitute printed 22106441D-S1
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Passed by for the day
02/15/2022Read second time
02/15/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/15/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106441D-S1
02/15/2022Reading of amendment waived
02/15/2022Amendment #1 by Senator Norment rejected
02/15/2022Amendment #2 by Senator Norment agreed to
02/15/2022Amendment #3 by Senator Norment agreed to
02/15/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB36ES1
02/15/2022Printed as engrossed 22106441D-ES1
02/15/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Passed Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2022Reported from Education (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read second time
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Passed House (66-Y 33-N)
02/28/2022VOTE: Passage (66-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB36ES1)
03/02/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB36ER)
03/02/2022Signed by Speaker
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB36ER)
03/03/2022Signed by President
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 Senate
04/27/2022Senate rejected Governor's recommendation #1 (19-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation #2 (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022House concurred in Governor's recommendation #2 (86-Y 13-N)
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (86-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part.
04/27/2022Reenrolled bill text (SB36ER2)
04/27/2022Signed by President as reenrolled
04/27/2022Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/27/2022Communicated to Governor on April 27, 2022
04/27/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., May 27, 2022
05/27/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 794 (effective 7/1/22)
05/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0794)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB4, 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.

MRWBA Legislative Committee, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Requires school principals to report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts of students that may constitute a misdemeanor offense, and provide notice to the student's parents that a report has been made. Current law only requires reports for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.