Intercollegiate athletics programs; format for each institution to report revenues and expenses. (HB1897)

Introduced By

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) with support from co-patrons Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), and Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Intercollegiate athletics programs. Prohibits the sum of school funds and student fees used to support intercollegiate athletics programs from exceeding a certain percentage of athletics revenues, as those terms are defined in the bill, at each four-year public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. The bill requires any school that violates this prohibition to submit to the General Assembly a five-year plan for coming into compliance. The bill requires the Auditor of Public Accounts to monitor plan progress and provides that negative audits will trigger a reduction or elimination of existing operational authority. The bill also requires the board of visitors of any four-year public institution of higher education that seeks to add a major intercollegiate athletics program or change the division level of any of its existing intercollegiate athletics programs to first submit to the General Assembly for approval a plan and recommendations for financing the addition or change and prohibits any such addition or change from being implemented without the approval of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101204D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/16/2015Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
01/19/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/19/2015Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Committee substitute printed 15103864D-H1
01/21/2015Read first time
01/22/2015Floor substitute printed 15104095D-H2 (Cox)
01/22/2015Read second time
01/22/2015Committee substitute rejected 15103864D-H1
01/22/2015Substitute by Delegate Cox agreed to 15104095D-H2
01/22/2015Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1897H2
01/23/2015Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
01/23/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2015Referred to Committee on Finance
01/27/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2015Referred to Committee on Finance
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1897H2)
02/18/2015Reported from Finance with amendments (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Passed by for the day (0-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Read third time
02/20/2015Reading of amendments waived
02/20/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2015Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Placed on Calendar
02/24/2015Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 99-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Senate insisted on amendments (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2015House acceded to request
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2015Delegates: Cox, Jones, Joannou
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2015Senators: Norment, Howell, Watkins
02/26/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/26/2015Conference substitute printed 15105435D-H3
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Passed by temporarily
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1897ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/12/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1897ER)
03/27/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 704 (effective 7/1/16)
03/27/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0704)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 16 minutes.