Higher educational institutions, governing boards, donations, gifts, etc. (HB1529)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Governing boards of public institutions of higher education; acceptance of terms and conditions associated with donations, gifts, and other private philanthropic support. Requires the governing board of each public institution of higher education to establish a policy for the acceptance of terms and conditions associated with any donation, gift, or other private philanthropic support. The bill requires each such policy to include an administrative process for reviewing, accepting, and documenting terms and conditions associated with (i) gifts that direct academic decision-making and (ii) gifts of $1 million or more that impose a new obligation on the institution of higher education, excluding gifts for scholarships or other financial aid. The bill requires each public institution of higher education to retain documentation of such terms and conditions in compliance with the Virginia Public Records Act and provides that such documentation shall be subject to the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104445D
01/09/2020Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2020Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Education with substitute (15-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107594D-H1
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1529H1)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107594D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1529H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (82-Y 15-N 1-A)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (82-Y 15-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/2020Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1529ER)
02/28/2020Signed by Speaker
03/02/2020Signed by President
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1529ER)
03/11/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2020
03/11/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 691 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0691)


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 25 seconds.