A coalition of state legislators and tourism officials voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.
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At the start of the 2012 legislative session, momentum was building for bills to repeal Virginia’s so-called “Kings Dominion law,” which prohibits public schools from opening before Labor Day without special permission. But by the session’s end, each of those bills had died.
Virginia school districts finally may be able to start classes before Labor Day without getting special permission under a bill that the House approved and sent to the Senate. But it remains uncertain whether the measure will survive in the upper chamber; the Senate committee killed a similar Senate bill on a 9-6 vote last month.
Gov. Robert McDonnell wants to give Virginia school systems the authority to start classes before Labor Day with a proposal to repeal Virginia’s so-called “Kings Dominion law.” The law prohibits public schools from opening before Labor Day unless they obtain a waiver from the state.