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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 151 (Public) Filed Thursday, February 21, 2019
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT RULES EXCUSING ABSENCES FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING A LEGISLATIVE EVENT OR VISITING THE NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ENSURING THAT CERTAIN EXCUSED ABSENCES DO NOT AFFECT A STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN AN APPROVED ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION PROGRAM.
Intro. by Lambeth.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (Apr 17 2019)

SOG comments (2):

Long title change

House amendment #1 changed the long title.  Original title was AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT RULES EXCUSING ABSENCES FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING A LEGISLATIVE EVENT AND ENSURING THAT CERTAIN EXCUSED ABSENCES DO NOT AFFECT A STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN AN APPROVED ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION PROGRAM.

Long title change

House amendment #3 changed the long title.  Prior title was AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT RULES EXCUSING ABSENCES FOR STUDENTS VISITING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ENSURING THAT CERTAIN EXCUSED ABSENCES DO NOT AFFECT A STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN AN APPROVED ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION PROGRAM.

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Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 16 2019 - More information

    House amendment #3 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Further modifies the proposed changes to GS 115C-379 to now require the State Board of Education's rules on excusing absences to at least require school principals to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each year for religious observances required by the faith of a student or the student's parents (maintaining existing statutory language) as well as absences for attending a legislative event or visiting the General Assembly for any purpose, including serving as a legislative page (previously required excusing absences for attendance at a legislative event or service as a Governor's page).

    Amends the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Apr 15 2019 - More information

    House amendment #1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Further modifies the proposed changes to GS 115C-379 to now require the State Board of Education's rules on excusing absences to at least require school principals to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each year for religious observances required by the faith of a student or the student's parents (maintaining existing statutory language) as well as a maximum of four excused absences each academic year for visiting the General Assembly for any purpose, including as a legislative page (previously required excusing absences for attendance at a legislative event or service as a Governor's page, with no specificity as to the number allowable number).

    Amends the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Mar 5 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Moves the proposed definition of legislative event and deletes the remaining proposed definitions in GS 115C-379. Further modifies the proposed changes to GS 115C-379 to now require the State Board of Education's rules on excusing absences to at least require school principals to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each year for religious observances required by the faith of a student or the student's parents (maintaining existing statutory language) as well as requiring excusing absences for attendance at a legislative event or service as a Governor's page (previously, inability to attend because of a legislative event only). Makes organizational, clarifying, and conforming changes. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-382.5 regarding student attendance recognition programs. 


  • Summary date: Feb 21 2019 - More information

    Amends GS 115C-379 to require the State Board of Education's rules on excusing absences to require school principals to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each year for religious observance as well as now requiring excusing absences whenever a student is unable to attend class because of a legislative event. Defines legislative event as an event sanctioned by at least one NCGA chamber that a student attends for an educational, civic, or familial purpose, including, but not limited to, service as a legislative page, attendance at the legislative swearing-in ceremony of a parent or grandparent, and attendance at an event in which the student's relative is receiving special recognition by the General Assembly. Also adds and defines parent, relative, and religious observance. Makes conforming and organizational changes.

    Amends GS 115C-382.5, concerning student attendance recognition programs, to make students eligible for such programs when the student has an absence due to a religious observance or attending a legislative event.

    Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year. 


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