Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011; established, report. (SB1459)

Introduced By

Sen. Edd Houck (D-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011.  Establishes the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 for the purpose of fueling strong economic growth in the Commonwealth and preparing Virginians for the top job opportunities in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century. The bill provides for (i) a new higher education funding policy; (ii) the calculation of the state general fund share of an institution's basic operations and instruction funding need; (iii) per student enrollment-based funding; (iv) targeted economic and innovation incentives; (v) the creation of a Higher Education Revenue Stabilization Fund as a subfund of the Revenue Stabilization Fund; (vi) the creation of a STEM Public-Private Partnership; and (vii) the creation of a Higher Education Advisory Committee. The bill also makes technical amendments.  This bill is a recommendation of the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/21/2011Presented and ordered printed 11104125D
01/21/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2011Rereferred from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2011Rereferred to Finance
02/01/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1459)
02/02/2011Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Committee substitute printed 11104889D-S1
02/03/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Read second time
02/04/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104889D-S1
02/04/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1459S1
02/07/2011Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Placed on Calendar
02/08/2011Read first time
02/08/2011Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/2011Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/16/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
02/16/2011Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2011Committee substitute printed 11105403D-H1
02/18/2011Read second time
02/21/2011Read third time
02/21/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11105403D-H1
02/21/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1459H1
02/21/2011Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/21/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011Title replaced 11105403D-H1
03/03/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1459ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/06/2011Signed by President
03/09/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1459ER)
03/26/2011Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/05/2011Placed on Calendar
04/06/2011Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #1, #2, #4, #5 (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation #3 (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
04/06/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/06/2011Reenrolled bill text (SB1459ER2)
04/06/2011Signed by President as reenrolled
04/06/2011Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/06/2011Enacted, Chapter 869 (effective 7/1/11)
04/06/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0869)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2510.