K-9 Detection Teams; permitted in public schools. (HB1556)

Introduced By

Del. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk) with support from co-patron Del. Kim Taylor (R-Dinwiddie)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Employment of K-9 Detection Teams in public schools permitted. Permits any school board to employ or hire on a contract basis in any public elementary or secondary school in the local school division a full-time or part-time K-9 Detection Team, defined in the bill as a safety assessment team that (i) consists of a canine and a canine handler who are trained specifically to detect explosives, firearms, narcotics, and tobacco products and nicotine vapor products, as those terms are defined in relevant law, and (ii) is employed by a school board or hired by a school board on a contract basis to provide such detection services in public elementary and secondary schools in the local school division pursuant to a contract with an entity that is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to train canines and canine handlers to provide such detection services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23102553D
01/05/2023Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2023Assigned Education sub: K-12
01/17/2023House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/17/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
01/17/2023Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/18/2023Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2023Committee substitute printed 23104657D-H1
01/18/2023Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/2023Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/25/2023House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/27/2023Reported from Appropriations with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2023Committee substitute printed 23105375D-H2
01/31/2023Read first time
02/01/2023Read second time
02/01/2023Committee on Education substitute rejected 23104657D-H1
02/01/2023Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 23105375D-H2
02/01/2023Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1556H2
02/02/2023Read third time and passed House (65-Y 35-N)
02/02/2023VOTE: Passage (65-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2023Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2023Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1556H2)
02/13/2023Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/16/2023Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

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