Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Parental Choice Savings Account Advances for Full House Committee

The day started early on this cold morning as the House Subcommittee on Education Innovation meeting started at 7:30.  They took up HB389, Delegate LaRock's bill to establish "Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts."  For an explanation of this bill, please see the January 14th posting on this blog.

Our best chance to stop this bill is in the Senate, but today's outcome was encouraging as opposition was bipartisan.  VSBA, VEA, and the Commonwealth Institute spoke against the bill; however, the bill advanced on a 5 to 4 vote: 

YEAS--Greason, Bell, Richard P., Robinson, Dudenhefer, Leftwich--5.

NAYS--Yancey, McClellan, Tyler, Bulova--4.

HB389 should go to full committee tomorrow.  Below is a listing of House Education Committee members:

Please call or email committee members urging opposition to. HB389.

The final vote on this bill will likely be in the Senate near the end of the session.  Last year it failed on a 18-18 vote.