H.R. 729: Phylicias Law

H.R. 729

Phylicias Law

June 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 729 on Monday, June 15, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 729 was introduced on January 27, 2009, by Rep. Rothman (D-NJ) and referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. 729 would require schools that receive federal funds through the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program to  have a safety plan for off premises and overnight field trips. The plan must include policies on curfews, room checks, and chaperone qualifications. The plan would also have to include emergency procedures to be followed in the case of serious injury or death.


Phylicia Moore was an 18 year old high school student from Teaneck New Jersey. In 2007, she went on a class trip to Ghana, Africa, to do charity work with 23 other students and nine chaperones. While on the trip, Phylicia was found dead in a hotel swimming pool, hours after she went missing. While an autopsy concluded that the death was accidental and not a result of foul play, Phylicia's parents believe that the death occurred because the trip's chaperones were not diligent in monitoring the students on the trip. H.R. 729 would require schools that receive funds from the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program to establish a plan for student safety on off premises field trips.


A CBO score for H.R. 729 is not yet available. The legislation does not authorize any expenditures.