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At the Statehouse: Education Bill Crossover, Week 4


Tuesday, February 7, 2023 was the Crossover deadline in Richmond for the 2023 General Assembly. Crossover is the last day for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced and continue to be considered for passing in the opposite chamber, thus bills approved by the House go to the Senate for consideration and bills approved by the Senate go to the House for consideration after this date.

The status of each bill on the day of the crossover deadline gives an early indication of the bill’s viability. If a bill has not made it out of committee by that day, it will probably be “left in committee” and not be considered further for in this 2023 session of the General Assembly. Tuesday, February 7th was crossover in the General Assembly.

This session, of the 29 priority education bills we are following, we supported 17 and opposed 12. At crossover, six of the bills we supported passed that chamber, one was still being considered in the chamber where it was introduced, two had been incorporated into other bills, and six failed or were stricken by the patron.

Of the 12 education bills we opposed, two passed the chamber where they were introduced, one had been incorporated into another bill, five had failed, and four were left in committee.

For the rest of this week, bills that pass each chamber will be assigned to committees for consideration in the other chamber. Readers are encouraged to watch for Calls to Action to continue to support or oppose bills as they work their way through the other chamber.

Also, one of Governor Youngkin’s appointees to the Virginia Board of Education was not confirmed. Suparna Dutta, of Fairfax Virginia, lost her bid for confirmation in a 22 to 18 vote. This leaves a vacant seat on the Virginia Board of Education.

Photo Credit: Skip Plitt - C'ville Photography, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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