Public institutions of higher education; free speech. (HR431)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Public institutions of higher education; free speech. Encourages public institutions of higher education to protect free speech and communicates the urgent need for the governing board of each public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to develop and adopt a policy on free speech that contains certain specifications relating to the institution's function and role with regard to public policy controversies. Read the Bill »

Status

02/22/2017: Passed the House

History

DateAction
02/17/2017Presented and ordered printed 17105581D
02/17/2017Referred to Committee on Rules
02/21/2017Reported from Rules with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Committee substitute printed 17105742D-H1
02/22/2017Taken up
02/22/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105742D-H1
02/22/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HR431H1
02/22/2017Agreed to by House (64-Y 31-N)
02/22/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (64-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Bill text as passed House (HR431ER)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

EXERCISE THIS NEGATING POWER, BECAUSE WE WOULD BE IN REGULAR SESSION, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE IN THE ALTERNATIVE SESSION AS WELL. THIS IS UNCERTAINTY THAT YOU ARE PASSING HERE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE GOING TO FIND OUT MORE PROBLEMS THAN IF WE FIND OUT TOO LATE, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER AMENDMENT UNDOING THIS. AGAIN, NON-LEGISLANON-LEGISLATO ELECTED TO ANYTHING WILL BE UNDOING THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. THIS DOESN'T PROVIDE THAT IT MUST BE ONLY ELECTED MEMBERS ON THESE COMMISSIONS. THERE COULD BE COMPETING GROUPS, FOR EXAMPLE, WOULD A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE AND A LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION BOTH BE ABLE TO EXERCISE SIMULTANEOUS OVERSIGHT OVER A REGULATION, AND WHAT IF THEY CAME TO DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS? MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE VOTE NO ON THIS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN FROM BOTETOURT, MR. HEAD.

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE KICKED THIS THING AROUND AN AWFUL LOT, BUT EVERY ARGUMENT ABOUT SEPARATION OF POWERS, EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE STATED FAILS TO UNDERSTAND THAT REGULATIONS ARE EMPOWERED ONLY BY UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. AND THE LEGISLATION IS IS SUPPOSED TO PREVAIL. BUT THAT FREQUENTLY THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. FREQUENTLY WE HAVE STATE AGENCIES THAT EITHER IGNORE THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND DO SOMETHING ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT, OR IGNORE NEW LEGISLATION THAT IT MASS -- PASSED AND DECIDE THEY WANT TO DO TT OLD WAY, AND THEREBY IGNORE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND THE WILL OF THE GENERAL