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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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