Student bullying; adjusts definition, characteristics of victim. (HB536)

Introduced By

Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Laura Jane Cohen (D-Burke), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge), and Del. Adele McClure (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Student bullying; definition; characteristics of victim. Adjusts the definition of "bullying" in the context of public education to specify that the real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim that is involved in the act of bullying includes such a power imbalance on the basis of the membership of the victim in a group that is protected from discrimination pursuant to the Virginia Human Rights Act. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, there is no estimated cost for this legislation. The Department of Education is expected to revise guidelines and model policies concerning bullying, but they can meet these requirements using existing resources. The impact on local school divisions is considered indeterminate.

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03/08/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102548D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB536)
01/19/2024Assigned Education sub: Early Childhood
01/31/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2024Reported from Education with amendment(s) (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Read first time
02/08/2024Read second time
02/08/2024Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB536E
02/08/2024Printed as engrossed 24102548D-E
02/09/2024Read third time and passed House (53-Y 43-N)
02/09/2024VOTE: Passage (53-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/13/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB536E)
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 Senate (21-Y 19-N)
03/07/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB536ER)
03/07/2024Signed by Speaker
03/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB536ER)
03/08/2024Signed 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
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024House rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor

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