Open Education Resource Center Grant Fund; established, development of two-year pilot project. (SB1173)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Open education resource centers; fund established; pilot project. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges, in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, to develop a competitive grant pilot program to provide grants to community colleges to establish open education resource centers in the Commonwealth. To qualify for a grant, community colleges shall be required to demonstrate a partnership with faculty or staff from at least one local school division and one institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. Grants would be awarded on a competitive basis with guidelines established in the bill. The bill also establishes a fund authorizing both public and private contributions. The provisions of this bill would not become effective until either an appropriation of general funds effectuating the purposes of this bill is included in a general appropriations act passed by the 2009 or 2010 Session of the General Assembly, which becomes law, or funds from other private or public sources are deposited into the Open Education Resource Grant Fund by July 1, 2010. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 085723868
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/2009Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/19/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1173)
02/05/2009Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2009Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/18/2009Reported from Science and Technology (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Read second time
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/24/2009Read third time BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y -N)
02/24/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1173ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
03/04/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1173ER)
03/04/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 615 (effective -see bill)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0615)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1940.