Both Recess Bills Pass Committee!

It has been a phenomenal week in Richmond as our Senate Bill, sponsored by Chap Petersen, SB273, passed the Senate!  And is awaiting review by the House of Delegates.

Additionally, our House Bill, sponsored by Karrie Delaney, HB1419, unanimously passed subcommittee today. It still needs to be approved by the Education Committee, and voted on by the full House of Delegates next week.  There were tons of supporters at the subcommittee hearing yesterday.

Lastly, we wanted to say a big “Thank You!” to the many organizations and recess advocates who came to the hearing to support the bill, including:

2 new supporters join the campaign!

The More Recess for Virginians campaign is proud to announce that the Virginia American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association have agreed to be supporters of the campaign and the HB1419 bill.

The American Heart Association supports HB 1419 to increase daily physical activity through recess, and will continue to advocate for the nationally recommended 30 minutes of daily physical education for elementary students. According to the CDC, physical education improves student attendance, test scores, participation and enthusiasm for other academic subjects, motivation to learn, and reduces discipline referrals.

Advocacy Works!

After a successful weekend of hearings in Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties we now have more supporters!  In addition to these legislators who have expressed their support for recess, there were a number of other legislators at these hearings who heard our message. Once our bill gets posted, we’ll need recess advocates around the Commonwealth to call their legislators so we can add more names to this list!
  • John Bell (House District 87)
  • Jeff Bourne (House District 71)
  • Eileen Filler-Corn (House District 41)
  • Wendy Gooditis (House District 10)
  • Mark Keam (House District 35)
  • Paul Krizek (House District 44)
  • Kathleen Murphy (House District 34)
  • Sam Rasoul (House District 11)
  • David Reid (House District 32)
  • Marcus Simon (House District 53)
  • Barbara Favola (Senate District 31)
  • Jennifer Wexton (Senate District 33)

New Logo and New Supporters!

Here’s another update on our progress. We have a logo now! Also, we’ve created a one pager to share with legislators and members of the public to briefly and clearly explain our bill. We’re still attending events and meeting with legislators. We’ve also added some groups to our list of supporters. If you know a group or legislator that supports out efforts, please let us know!

New Legislative Supporters:

  • Janet Howell (Senate District 32)
  • Dick Black (Senate District 13) **Offered to be Chief Co-Patron for the bill**
  • Kaye Kory (House District 38) **Filed her own drafting request for a recess bill**
  • Alfonso Lopez (House District 49)
  • Hala Ayala (House District 51)

Legislators listed as supporters in the previous update: Chap Petersen, Richard Saslaw, David Marsden, Karrie Delaney, Mark Sickles, Danica Roem, Lee Carter

Other Supporters:

  • Fairfax County School Board – Has supporting language in its Legislative Program
  • Prince William County School Board – Has supporting language in its Legislative Program
  • Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA)
  • NOVA Education Resources
  • Project Save Childhood
  • Authors of the Crucial Role of Recess in School (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/1/183)
  • Robert Murray MD, Pediatric Nutrition, Department of Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University
  • Catherine L. Ramstetter, PhD, CHES, Owner & School Health Consultant, Successful Healthy Children