Higher educational institutions, public; constitutionally protected speech, etc. (HB344)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth; campus free speech; policies, materials, and reports. Requires each public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to (i) establish and include in its student handbook, on its website, and in its student orientation programs policies regarding speech that is protected under the First Amendment and the process to report incidents of disruption of such speech; (ii) develop materials on such policies and notify any employee who is responsible for the discipline or education of enrolled students of such materials; and (iii) develop, post on its website in a searchable, publicly accessible, and conspicuous manner, and submit to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Health no later than December 1 of each year a report on the institution's compliance relating to free speech on campus. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100379D
01/04/2018Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB344)
01/19/2018Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #3
01/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/24/2018Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Committee substitute printed 18105668D-H1
01/26/2018Read first time
01/29/2018Floor substitute printed 18106245D-H2 (Toscano)
01/29/2018Read second time
01/29/2018Passed by for the day
01/30/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB344H2)
01/30/2018Passed by for the day
01/31/2018Passed by for the day
02/01/2018Read second time
02/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105668D-H1
02/01/2018Substitute by Delegate Toscano withdrawn 18106245D-H2
02/01/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB344H1
02/02/2018Read third time and passed House (89-Y 8-N)
02/02/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (89-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/22/2018Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Committee substitute printed 18107473D-S1
02/23/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB344S1)
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107473D-S1
02/26/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB344S1
02/26/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Placed on Calendar
02/28/2018Senate substitute agreed to by House 18107473D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB344ER)
03/02/2018Signed by Speaker
03/05/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB344ER)
03/07/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 7, 2018
03/07/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/04/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 751 (effective 7/1/18)
04/04/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0751)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 12 minutes.