Virginia’s General Assembly moved swiftly to put the final legislative touches on a bill that bans local school systems from imposing mask mandates on students. The legislature had passed the bill on Monday; Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin then amended it to add an emergency clause so that it could take effect before the typical July 1 enactment date for new legislation. On Wednesday, the House of Delegates voted to accept the governor’s amendments, which was the final step necessary for passage. Under the amendments, local systems must allow students to opt-out of mask mandates beginning March 1.
“We can estimate over the last decade just how much money flowed from 3rd party payers, think pharmaceutical companies, back to NIH and its scientists.