School safety; threat assessment teams, model critical incident response training program, etc. (HB2344)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School safety; threat assessment teams and oversight committees. Requires local school divisions to establish policies and procedures for the establishment of threat assessment teams in each school, to be overseen by a division-level committee. The bill requires each threat assessment team to (i) provide guidance to students, faculty, and staff regarding recognition of threatening or aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the community; (ii) identify members of the school community to whom threatening behavior should be reported; and (iii) develop policies and procedures for the assessment of individuals whose behavior may present a threat, appropriate means of intervention with such individuals, and sufficient means of action to resolve potential threats. The bill requires threat assessment teams to report to the division superintendent upon a preliminary determination that an individual poses a threat of violence to self or others; the superintendent is then permitted to obtain that individual's criminal history record information and health information. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


02/08/2013Introduced at the request of Governor
02/08/2013Presented and ordered printed 13104931D
02/08/2013Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/11/2013Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Committee substitute printed 13105082D-H1
02/11/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/12/2013Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/13/2013Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Committee substitute printed 13105206D-H2
02/14/2013Read first time
02/15/2013Read second time
02/15/2013Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety substitute rejected 13105082D-H1
02/15/2013Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 13105206D-H2
02/15/2013Passed by for the day
02/18/2013Read second time
02/18/2013Amendments by Delegate Morris agreed to
02/18/2013Amendment by Delegate Toscano rejected
02/18/2013Amendment by Delegate Albo agreed to
02/18/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB2344EH2
02/18/2013Printed as engrossed 13105206D-EH2
02/19/2013Read third time and passed House (78-Y 19-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/20/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/2013Committee substitute printed 13105375D-S1
02/20/2013Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Read third time
02/21/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/21/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105375D-S1
02/21/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/21/2013Amendment by Senator Martin agreed to
02/21/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB2344S1
02/21/2013Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2344S1)
02/21/2013Placed on Calendar
02/21/2013Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 13105375D-S1 (94-Y 3-N)
02/21/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2344ER)
03/04/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013Signed by Speaker
03/23/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 710 (effective 7/1/13)
03/23/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0710)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 31 minutes.