School boards; enrolled students present at meetings, public comment or citizen participation. (HB253)

Introduced By

Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg) with support from 13 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Bonita Anthony (D-Norfolk), Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria), Del. Destiny LeVere Bolling (D-Glen Allen), Del. Rae Cousins (D-Richmond), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Debra Gardner (D-Chesterfield), Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge), Del. Michael Jones (D-Richmond), Del. Karen Keys-Gamarra (D-Fairfax), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Holly Seibold (D-Vienna), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School boards; meetings; public comment or citizen participation; enrolled students. Requires each school board to permit any student enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school in the local school division who provides acceptable proof of identification, if requested, and who signs up in accordance with the sign-up procedures for the respective school board meeting to submit oral comments during any public comment portion of such meeting, subject to the same reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions imposed by such school board on the expression of any other citizen participant in such meetings. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101889D
01/04/2024Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB253)
01/19/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
01/23/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
01/24/2024Reported from Education with amendment(s) (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2024Read first time
01/29/2024Read second time
01/29/2024Committee amendments agreed to
01/29/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB253E
01/29/2024Printed as engrossed 24101889D-E
01/30/2024Read third time and passed House (56-Y 44-N)
01/30/2024VOTE: Passage (56-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB253E)
02/14/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/15/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2024Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Read third time
02/26/2024Reading of amendment waived
02/26/2024Committee amendment agreed to
02/26/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/26/2024Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Senate amendment agreed to by House (54-Y 45-N)
02/28/2024VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB253ER)
03/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB253ER)
03/05/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 689 (effective 7/1/24)

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