Working together, we have stopped the critical portion of HB257, protecting our Virginia school students! It is important to understand what has occurred, so we can win again. Have no doubt, this battle is not over.
On February 19th, moments before the Senate voted on HB257, Senator McClellan (D) made a motion to replace the original text of HB257 with the text of SB729, a similar bill already passed by the Senate. The text was changed without changing the name of HB257, or the name of the patron. Both bills had the same intent in changing reporting requirements but HB257 was more extreme.
What made the original text of HB257 so much more dangerous than SB729? HB257 had stricken one line from the current law. That line was removing assault and assault and battery without physical harm from the list of incidents in school to be reported to the principal. Removing this line left the Virginia Code saying only assault and battery with physical harm was to be reported to the school principal. Keeping this line in the Virginia Code has been our battle.
In the original HB257 shown, the words shown stricken out would be removed, and words in italic would be added to the Virginia Code.
Why was the text substituted?
Why did the Democrats change their own legislation, which they had the power to pass?
I think because Virginians stood up and said NO. I’ll tell you how we did it.
In January, while reading proposed legislation, I saw the danger in removing this one line from current law. It was a sneaky move on the part of progressive politicians pushing an extremely leftist agenda, being instituted in schools across the country. The current Virginia administration has been proudly proclaiming the many changes they are forcing on Virginia, but strangely silent on this small change proposed in HB257. Why? I believe their plan was to pass HB257 without being noticed, to go into effect through policy implementation by the Department of Education without fanfare.
I could find no one in local or state government who had seen the danger embedded in HB257. No conservative organization was addressing the danger. It seemed no one else had seen this stealthy attack. I knew Virginians would care, so I wrote and asked everyone to call their legislators and tell their friends. Vicky Manning and Candice Dugger shared my blog with thousands of parents and teachers.
Virginians who contacted their legislators.
It is obvious to me that we shined the light on this unjustifiable legislation. Knowing they could not justify their actions, they backed down and quietly replaced the bill.
Yesterday, February 20th, the House passed SB 729, which is now the text in HB257. The bills are reconciled, will become law without removing the requirement to report all assault and battery incidents to school principals.
We the People made our voice heard and the liberal lawmakers withdrew.
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We won this battle- but the war continues.