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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 10, 2016 12:00 PM
From: Representative Kerry A. Benninghoff
To: All House members
Subject: Truancy law
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that substantially amends current law in regards to truancy. This bill is a product of House Resolution 1032, which passed unanimously during the 2013-2014 session. House Resolution 1032 directed the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of issues of truancy and school dropout prevention in the Commonwealth. My legislation, which incorporates many of the Commission’s suggestions, will significantly amend current truancy law regarding definitions, procedures, and penalties for violation of compulsory attendance requirements.

As our truancy laws have not been thoroughly examined or fundamentally changed since the early 1990s, this legislation is a vital step in updating these laws and policies to more effectively combat truancy and school dropouts. Our Commonwealth invests billions of dollars annually in educating our children, but for young people to benefit from this investment they must be in school.

The legislation is attached for your review. Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

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Introduced as HB1907