RICHMOND, VA – Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Chairman of the House Education Committee, expressed his dismay over Governor McAuliffe’s veto of House Bill 516. House Bill 516 requires the Board of Education to establish a policy on sexually explicit materials for public schools.
“The Governor’s veto of this commonsense measure is disappointing. House Bill 516 creates a standard statewide policy that requires schools to notify parents about sexually explicit instructional material,” Landes said. “Parents make decisions every day about what video games kids play, what movies they watch, and what material they consume online. They should have the same opportunity within the classroom. Virginia already has similar policies for sexual education and science curriculums. Governor McAuliffe’s Board of Education has put this issue off for several years, which is why the families affected by this bill were seeking a legislative remedy. I hope the Governor will keep his word and push for these changes to be made through the regulatory process. If he does not, I will introduce this legislation next year,” noted Landes.
Landes represents the 25th House District, which includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties. Landes is currently serving his eleventh term in the Virginia House of Delegates.