Use of federal funds; appropriation required. (HB510)

Introduced By

Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of federal funds; appropriation required. Prohibits state agencies and state officials, officers, and employees from disbursing, allotting, collateralizing, encumbering, committing, or otherwise using federal moneys or funds unless there is in effect an appropriation enacted by the General Assembly that specifically describes or defines the federal moneys or funds and how they are to be used. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100037D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/10/2014Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
01/22/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB510)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB510)
02/05/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Appropriations


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This is a terrible, terrible bill.

Universities are heavily reliant on federal grants for their work, especially in research. Virginia Tech gets federal grants for their work all the time. If they have to go back to the General Assembly to get permission to use that money... Well, that won't happen. They'll have to forfeit their grant, and that federal agency will not soon offer them—or, indeed, any other state entity—another grant.

We're talking hundreds of millions of dollars a year here. I cannot imagine how Del. Morris ever thought this was a good idea. The mind reels.