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Lawmakers pass bill to stop student meal debt lawsuits

The bill now heads to the governor's desk.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Del. Danica Roem, D-Manassas, introduced House Bill 2013 that would prohibit school boards from suing families to collect school meal debt. 

The bill passed the House of Delegates late last month with a 69-31 vote. The Senate passed the bill Monday with a 29-10 vote. The bill now heads to the governor's desk.

The measure builds off of two bills Roem introduced during the 2020 General Assembly session, HB697 and HB703. The legislation went into effect last summer. 

HB 697 prohibits school employees from discarding a meal that was served to a child who then couldn't pay for it. HB 703 allows school boards to solicit donations to offset or eliminate school meal debt.