FOIA; public higher educational institutions, information related to pledges and donations. (HB510)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public institutions of higher education; information related to pledges and donations. Provides that no discretionary exclusion in FOIA shall apply to protect information relating to the amount, date, purpose, and terms of a pledge or donation made to a public institution of higher education. The bill provides that the identity of the donor shall be protected only if (i) the donor has requested anonymity in connection with or as a condition of making a pledge or donation and (ii) the pledge or donation does not impose terms or conditions directing academic decision-making. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. This bill is identical to SB 140. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101372D
01/04/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB510)
01/17/2020Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/21/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (8-Y 0-N)
01/23/2020Reported from General Laws with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2020Read first time
01/28/2020Read second time
01/28/2020Committee amendment agreed to
01/28/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB510E
01/28/2020Printed as engrossed 20101372D-E
01/29/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/29/2020VOTE: (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB510E)
02/12/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Read third time
02/17/2020Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB510ER)
02/19/2020Signed by Speaker
02/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB510ER)
02/20/2020Signed by President
02/24/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 24, 2020
02/24/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 2, 2020
03/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 71 (effective 7/1/20)
03/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0071)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB140.