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Bill To End Virginia School Mask Mandates Passes House, Heads To Youngkin’s Desk

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A bill that would end mask mandates in Virginia schools is now in the hands of Governor Glenn Youngkin.

On Monday, Virginia’s Republican-controlled House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 739 on a 52-48 party-line vote. The bill, which would allow parents to opt their children out of school mask mandates, has already been approved in the State Senate.

House Democrats tried unsuccessfully to make several amendments to the bill, including one that would have put a sunset clause into place so that the bill expired in July of 2023.

“Let’s revisit this issue next year, maybe in less politically heated circumstances, maybe without this urgent rush to give the governor a political win he badly needs after his awful start,” said Delegate Marcus Simon (D-Fairfax).

That proposed amendment was quickly rejected by House Republicans…. (Read more)

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