Fairfax Library Advocates were delighted to learn that House Bill 2066 sponsored by Delegate Mark Keam and Senator Dave Marsden has been assigned to the Committee on General Laws. You can follow the progress of the bill with the link. The text of the Code of Virginia regarding libraries is below, with the change to the Code italicized.
1. That § 42.1-46 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 42.1-46. Library policy of the Commonwealth.
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Commonwealth, as a part of its provision for public education, to promote the establishment and development of public library service throughout its various political subdivisions. Further, it is the policy of the Commonwealth that public libraries are deemed to provide an essential service to the communities of the Commonwealth.