Climate change and environmental literacy; instructional materials, model policies. (HB1088)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria), and Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Education; instructional materials on climate change and environmental literacy; model policies and procedures for selection. Requires the Board of Education to make available to each local school board instructional materials on climate change and environmental literacy that are based on and include peer-reviewed scientific sources. The bill requires the Board of Education to develop, adopt, and make available to each local school board model policies and procedures, based on peer-reviewed scientific sources, pertaining to the selection of instructional materials on climate change and environmental literacy, including a requirement for any such selected material to accurately portray changes in weather and climate patterns over time, the impacts of human activity on changes in weather and climate patterns, and the effects of climate change on people and resources. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement estimates that this legislation will cost $50,000 in general fund in FY 2025. This cost will support hiring consultants to assist with developing policies and procedures, reviewing existing instructional materials, and constructing a new materials adoption process related to climate change and environmental literacy. The impact on local school divisions is considered indeterminate.

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Bill Has Failed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104636D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Education
01/26/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
01/30/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/30/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1088)
01/31/2024Reported from Education (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2024Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/05/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/29/2024Reported from Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1088ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1088ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/02/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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