Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: February 8, 2022
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Christian Martinez,

Governor Youngkin Praises Overwhelming Adoption of Senator Chap Petersen’s Amendment to SB739

Victory for parents and children statewide

Governor Glenn Youngkin today released the following statement on State Senator Chap Petersen’s Amendment to Senator Siobhan Dunnavant’s SB739, adopted 29-9, creating a parental opt-out from local school mask mandates:
“In an overwhelming bipartisan show of support, the Senate of Virginia took a significant step today for parents and children. I applaud Senator Petersen’s amendment to give parents the right to decide whether their children should wear masks in schools. In the last week, we have seen Democrat-led states like Oregon, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Delaware move away from universal mask mandates in schools. I am pleased that there is bipartisan support for doing the same in Virginia. This shows that when we work across the aisle, we put Virginians first. I look forward to signing this bill when it comes to my desk,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin

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