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Governor takes final action on bills

Governor Glenn Youngkin took final action on legislation returned to his desk after the General Assembly rejected his proposed amendments.

The governor signed seven bills into law and vetoed 48. The signed bills included:

  • SB 498 – School-connected overdose policies, guidelines, parental notification and response: The Virginia Senate accepted the Governor’s recommendation, which returned the bill to its stronger original version. The House of Delegates rejected it. The bill allows the Board of Education to establish guidelines. Youngkin said that work will begin immediately. In addition, Executive Order 28, which establishes a 24-hour parental notification standard for all school-connected overdoses, remains in effect.
  • HB 707 & SB 361- Consumer Data Protection Act, protections for children: The Governor’s recommendation would have expanded protections for children from harmful social media practices online to minors over the age of 13 from protection, but Youngkin said he could sign the bill as the Administration works with the legislature and stakeholders to further strengthen these protections next session.
  • HB 1055- Membership of the Eastern VA Health Sciences Center at Old Dominion University board of directors: The Governor’s recommendation strengthened the ability of the General Assembly and the executive branch to oversee the new board established by the forthcoming merger of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University.
  • SB 142- Public school teacher licensing and issuance of a one-year local eligibility license: Youngkin said that while legislative changes will be necessary next session to make it more effective, the bill as it currently stands will improve the ability to hire teachers.
  • HB 214- Common interest communities: This bill was sent to the Governor’s desk in the “7-day” bill window during the 2024 Regular Session. Youngkin said additional review was needed and the relevant agencies have been consulted.
  • HB 1071- Reduction of speed limits; local authority: Youngkin said additional work will need to be done on this policy.

A complete list of the legislation is available at the governor’s website, governor.virginia.gov.

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