Higher education; required to report to SCHEV on steps taken to ensure academic freedom, etc. (HB118)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Higher education; academic freedom. Requires each public institution of higher education to annually report to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) the steps the institution is taking to ensure academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. SCHEV must compile the information and report to the General Assembly by December 31 of the last year of each biennium. Amends § 23-9.6:1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


02/28/2008: Bill Killed at Sponsor’s Request


  • 12/17/2007 Committee
  • 12/17/2007 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083320592
  • 12/17/2007 Referred to Committee on Education
  • 01/21/2008 Reported from Education with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/22/2008 Read first time
  • 01/23/2008 Read second time
  • 01/23/2008 Committee amendment agreed to
  • 01/23/2008 Engrossed by House as amended HB118E
  • 01/23/2008 Printed as engrossed 083320592-E
  • 01/24/2008 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
  • 01/24/2008 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/24/2008 Communicated to Senate
  • 01/25/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/25/2008 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 02/01/2008 Impact statement from DPB (HB118E)
  • 02/05/2008 Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HB118E)
  • 02/07/2008 Impact statement from DPB (HB118E)
  • 02/12/2008 Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
  • 02/28/2008 Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Well, this sounds like a huge waste of time and money. It's utterly unnecessary oversight.

Jesica writes:

I really hope this doesn't pass. It's unnecessary oversight and scary to think that the government might be able to disapprove of certain topics being taught in schools.