The perennial so-called “Kings Dominion Law” cleared the Virginia House of Delegates on Monday.
House Bill 1467 was approved by a 72 to 28 vote. Under the proposal, local school boards would have the option of starting the school year before Labor Day.
Currently, school boards are required to set the school calendar to begin after Labor Day unless the school system had a “good cause” waiver to start earlier. The proposed legislation attempts to end a roughly 30-year-old policy passed to satisfy the tourism industry, which wanted more late-summer visitors.
Tourism representatives again balked at the bill this year, saying moving the start of the school year would hurt the industry during the continued economic downturn.
The Senate version of the bill was defeated in committee last week by a 4 to 11 vote. The House version of the bill will now head to the Senate.