The Virginia Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow parents to opt out of their child wearing a mask in school.
The Senate voted 21-17 in favor of SB739. The bill will now head to the House of Delegates.
On Tuesday, a bipartisan majority in the Virginia Senate voted to advance the legislation that would ban public school systems from imposing a mask requirement for students.
The move comes as Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to end mask mandates by executive order are bogged down in legal challenges. Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen, a moderate who has played a key role on education issues, sponsored the amendment on the Senate floor Tuesday. It passed on a 29-9 vote, with Republicans fully in support and 10 Democrats voting in favor of the amendment.