Higher educational institutions; restrictions on student speech, limitations. (HB258)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patron Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Restrictions on student speech at institutions of higher education; limitations. Prohibits public institutions of higher education from imposing restrictions on the time, place, and manner of student speech that occurs in the outdoor areas of the institution's campus and is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution unless the restrictions (i) are reasonable, (ii) are justified without reference to the content of the regulated speech, (iii) are narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest, and (iv) leave open ample alternative channels for communication of the information. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100092D
12/30/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/10/2014Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/13/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB258)
01/21/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/2014Referred from Education
01/27/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2014Assigned Courts sub: Constitutional Law
02/05/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/07/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/2014Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/27/2014Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Read third time
03/03/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB258ER)
03/06/2014Signed by Speaker
03/07/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB258ER)
03/09/2014Signed by President
03/10/2014Signed by President
04/04/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 559 (effective 7/1/14)
04/04/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0559)


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 2 minutes.


Rick Sincere writes:

This bill has drawn the attention of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: http://thefire.org/article/16643.html

Danuto writes:

I am very curious about what "leave ample alternative for communication of information" means. I am suspect of whatever precedent this bill may be seeking.