Monday, January 28, 2013

VEA Lobby Day/Thanks/Legislative News

Today was VEA Lobby Day, and I thank the 250 members strong who participated despite less than ideal weather.  The day was most eventful and fruitful.

We owe sincere thanks to Delegate Tom Rust and Speaker Howell for today’s center-aisle presentation of a House Resolution commending VEA on our 150thanniversary.  Take the time to read the resolution – the history is most interesting.

Two VEA bills reported from the House Education Committee this morning.  Delegate Jennifer McClellan’s HB1871, the bill to make Virginia schools bully-free, was reported with only three NAY votes.
YEAS--Tata, Landes, Rust, Massie, Greason, Bell, Richard P., Stolle, LeMunyon, Robinson, Yost, Yancey, Dudenhefer, Ware, O., McClellan, Bulova, Morrissey, Keam, Hester--18.

NAYS--Lingamfelter, Cole, Pogge--3.

Delegate Jim LeMunyon’s HB1889, a bill to shield teacher Professional Growth Indicators from Freedom of Information Act Requests, was unanimously reported from House Education.

Finally, this evening the House Education Teacher and Administrative Action Subcommittee reported Delegate Greason’s HB 1467.  This bill, which is now headed to full committee, restores local control of the school calendar, repealing the Labor Day provisions.  The vote on this bill is not yet posted.