Higher educational institutions; board of visitors governance, report. (HB1952)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Boards of visitors of public institutions of higher education; public access to information and governance. Adds specific topics to be covered during the educational programs for governing boards and requires such programs to be delivered by the State Council of Higher Education annually. The bill also requires each board of visitors to adopt bylaws with certain provisions relating to the Freedom of Information Act; annually meet with the president of the institution to deliver a review of the president's performance; designate its executive committee to organize the working processes of the board and recommend best practices for board governance; and annually deliver an executive summary of its interim activities to the General Assembly and the Governor. Amends § 23-9.14:1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/09/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100387D
  • 01/09/2013 Referred to Committee on Education
  • 01/11/2013 Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
  • 01/15/2013 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
  • 01/21/2013 Reported from Education with amendment (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/22/2013 Read first time
  • 01/23/2013 Read second time
  • 01/23/2013 Committee amendment agreed to
  • 01/23/2013 Engrossed by House as amended HB1952E
  • 01/23/2013 Printed as engrossed 13100387D-E
  • 01/24/2013 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
  • 01/24/2013 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/25/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/25/2013 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 01/31/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1952E)
  • 02/04/2013 Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
  • 02/14/2013 Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/14/2013 Rereferred to Finance
  • 02/18/2013 Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/19/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/20/2013 Read third time
  • 02/20/2013 Reading of amendments waived
  • 02/20/2013 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 02/20/2013 Engrossed by Senate as amended
  • 02/20/2013 Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/20/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/21/2013 Senate amendment #1 agreed to by House (95-Y 1-N)
  • 02/21/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/21/2013 Senate amendment #1 from (Finance) rejected by House (1-Y 97-N)
  • 02/21/2013 VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/21/2013 Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/21/2013 Senate requested conference committee
  • 02/21/2013 House acceded to request
  • 02/21/2013 Conferees appointed by Senate
  • 02/21/2013 Senators: Newman, Hanger, Howell
  • 02/21/2013 Conferees appointed by House
  • 02/21/2013 Delegates: Landes, Rust, Tyler
  • 02/23/2013 Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/23/2013 Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 2-N)
  • 02/23/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/04/2013 Enrolled
  • 03/04/2013 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1952ER)
  • 03/04/2013 Signed by President
  • 03/05/2013 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/06/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1952ER)
  • 03/20/2013 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 577 (effective 7/1/13)
  • 03/20/2013 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0577)
  • 03/26/2013 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0577)


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.


ACLU-VA Open Government, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation that would apply to boards of visitors open meetings and other provisions of FOIA.