Bill to Recognize ASL as a Foreign Language Passes in House Education Committee

February 1, 2011 in Advocacy & Access
Bill to Recognize ASL as a Foreign Language Passes in House Education Committee

House Bill 1435 was heard in the Virginia House of Delegates by the House Education Committee this morning. The committee voted 21-1 to “report the bill” (send it to the full House of Delegates for a vote).

The patron of the bill presented the bill and recognized that there were people in the galley to support it.  There was no public comment on the bill during this meeting.  

Delegate Thomas Rust of Virginia’s 86th District was the only delegate to vote against it.  His vote was based on concerns from some colleges about the rights and responsibilities of the Board of Visitors of each college to decide what to accept for credits at each university. Del. Rust’s 86th District covers a swath of Fairfax County that includes some of the Herndon and Chantilly area. To learn more about him or contact him: http://www.tomrust.org/.

The bill will now go to the full House where it will have three readings.  The first reading will just give the name of the bill.  The second, usually done the next day, will be the opportunity for discussion of the bill.  The third reading, which is usually on the third day, will be the one at which the delegates vote on the bill. 

Thanks to Leslie Prince/VDDHH; additional information added by NVRC.

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