Governor; state agencies' use of public media to influence proposed actions. (HB533)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Governor; state agencies' use of public media to influence proposed executive or legislative action prohibited; exception. Requires the Governor to ensure that neither the Virginia Department of Transportation nor the Commonwealth Transportation Board uses or attempts to use appropriated funds or grant or contract funds to solicit pressure on state or local government officials in relation to pending or proposed executive or legislative matters relating to any proposed safety-related or congestion management-related highway project or program through the use of public media. The bill excludes (i) the publication of notices in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act ( 2.2-4300 et seq.), the Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995 ( 56-556 et seq.), or the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 ( 56-575.1 et seq.); (ii) the soliciting of public comment or soliciting as may be required or permitted by law; or (iii) other ministerial acts if there is no attempt to use appropriated funds in violation. The bill defines "public media" and provides that the provisions of the bill shall not be construed to inhibit the necessary flow of information and communication between the executive and legislative branches of government but are intended to prevent any inappropriate or undue influence on executive or legislative matters or processes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103433D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/10/2014Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/16/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/16/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/2014Reported from General Laws (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB533)
02/12/2014Left in Appropriations