Virginia history and United States Constitution; supplementary written materials on documents. (HB197)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Supplementary written materials on documents of Virginia history and the United States Constitution. Requires teachers to ensure that all supplementary written materials used to teach the Declaration of American Independence, the general principles of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, the charters of the Virginia Company of April 10, 1606, May 23, 1609, and March 12, 1612, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights contain accurate restatements of the principles contained in these documents and directs the Board of Education to develop guidelines for such supplementary written materials used by teachers. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/26/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100411D
12/26/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/20/2014Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/24/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB197)
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/03/2014Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2014Read first time
02/05/2014Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2014Read third time and passed House (70-Y 28-N)
02/06/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/27/2014Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Read third time
03/03/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB197ER)
03/06/2014Signed by Speaker
03/09/2014Signed by President
03/10/2014Signed by President
04/06/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 647 (effective 7/1/14)
04/06/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0647)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 5 minutes.


tom writes:

Wonder what prompted this bill? Seems like more classroom micromanagement coming from Richmond.

Danuta writes:

Are they considering rewriting these documents to suit "religious freedom" purposes? What does "restatement" mean? Smells fishy.