Sexually explicit content; DOE shall develop model policies, parental notification. (SB656)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from co-patron Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; local school boards; policies on sexually explicit content in instructional material. Requires the Department of Education to develop no later than July 31, 2022, model policies and each local school board to adopt no later than January 1, 2023, policies for ensuring parental notification of any instructional material that includes sexually explicit content and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to (i) ensuring parental notification; (ii) directly identifying the specific instructional material and sexually explicit subjects; and (iii) permitting the parent of any student to review instructional material that includes sexually explicit content and provide, as an alternative, nonexplicit instructional material and related academic activities to any student whose parent so requests. The bill provides that the local school board policies shall be consistent with but may be more comprehensive than the model policies developed by the Department. The bill states that the provisions of the bill shall not be construed as requiring or providing for the censoring of books in public elementary and secondary schools. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/19/2022Presented and ordered printed 22100756D
01/19/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/25/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/27/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB656)
02/03/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22105720D-S1
02/03/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Floor substitute printed 22106195D-S2 (Dunnavant)
02/07/2022Read second time
02/07/2022Committee substitute rejected 22105720D-S1
02/07/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2022Substitute by Senator Dunnavant agreed to 22106195D-S2
02/07/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB656S2
02/08/2022Passed by for the day
02/09/2022Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB656S2)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2022Reported from Education (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read second time
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Passed House (52-Y 46-N)
02/28/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB656ER)
03/02/2022Signed by Speaker
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB656ER)
03/03/2022Signed by President
03/09/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 9, 2022
03/09/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/06/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 100 (effective 7/1/22)
04/06/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0100)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1007.