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An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin praised the overwhelming adoption of an amendment to Senator Siobhan Bunnavant’s sponsored bill.
Senator Chap Petersen’s Amendment to the bill was called a victory for both children and parents statewide by the governor.
Petersen’s amendment was adopted by the Senate in a 29 to 9 vote yesterday Feb. 8.
The amendment would help to create an opt-out from local school mask mandates in Virginia according to the governor’s email.
The governor called the amendment a chance to give parents the right to decide whether their children should wear a mask in school.
Republican Governor Youngkin sited Democrat led states like Oregon, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware were already moving away from the universal mask mandates in schools.
The governor stated in the email that he was pleased to see there is bipartisan support for doing the same in Virginia.
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