Virginia PE Mandate Won't Become Law

A bill that would have required at least 150 minutes of physical education a week in public schools won't become law.

The Senate failed to override Gov. Bob McDonnell's veto of legislation intended to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity.

The Senate's 24-16 vote came three votes short of the 27 votes needed, a two-thirds majority, to enact the bill over McDonnell's veto.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Ralph Northam, a Norfolk physician, said today's sedentary students would become the first generation ever to have a shorter life expectancy of their parents.

McDonnell said the bill would have imposed new costs on local school districts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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