P.O. BOX 2120

March 2, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Preliminary Legislative Report from the 2001 General Assembly Session

On February 24, 2001, the 2001 General Assembly Session ended.  This memorandum provides information about legislation passed during the session that is of interest to

superintendents and school division personnel.  Bills passed by both the House of Delegates and the Senate are now subject to review by Governor Gilmoreís office.  The Governor may choose to sign a bill adopted by the General Assembly, amend the bill, or veto it.  If a bill is signed, it goes into effect on July 1, 2001, unless otherwise indicated.  If a bill is amended, the General Assembly will either accept or reject the Governorís amendments during the reconvened session scheduled for April 4, 2001. During the reconvened session, vetoes of bills by the Governor may be overridden by the General Assembly, with the votes of two- thirds of its members.

Legislative Information. A preliminary legislative report that provides a summary of each bill passed by the 2001 General Assembly, grouped by category, with a reference to the affected section of the Code, may be found on the Department of Educationís website at  A direct link to the text of a bill and its history from the Legislative Information System may be made from the report.

Legislative Tracking Report. The Legislative Tracking Report reflects the latest actions on all education-related legislation carried over or introduced in the 2001 General Assembly session.  This report is available on the departmentís website at

After the April session of the General Assembly, a Superintendentís memo that summarizes final legislative action will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Policy and Public Affairs Anne Wescott ( at (804) 225-2403.