The legislation was opposed by Virginia’s tourism industry but supported this year by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican.
Repealing the so-called “Kings Dominion Law” — named after the theme park and a nod to the tourism lobby behind it — garnered support from educators and was part of Mr. McDonnell’s education package. But the Senate Education and Health Committee voted it down, 9-6.
School systems must currently apply for a waiver from the state if they want to open before Labor Day.
A House subcommittee on Thursday approved its version of the bill, which will likely now face another vote from the same Senate committee if it passes the full House.
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