Bill to end school mask mandates for students advances in Virginia Senate

A bipartisan majority in the Virginia Senate has voted to advance legislation that would ban public school systems from imposing mask requirements on students.

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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin

The move comes as Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's efforts to end mask mandates by executive order are bogged down in legal challenges.

Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen, a moderate who has played a key role on education issues, sponsored the amendment on the Senate floor Tuesday.


It passed on a 29-9 vote, with Republicans fully in support and Democrats about evenly divided. The bill still requires a final vote in the Senate and the House of Delegates. Youngkin said he will sign it if it passes.