FOIA; public higher educational institutions, information related to pledges and donations. (SB140)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patron Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


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, the bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. This bill is identical to HB 510. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100634D
12/18/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB140)
01/29/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/03/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB140E
02/03/2020Printed as engrossed 20100634D-E
02/04/2020Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB140E)
02/13/2020Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Read second time
02/18/2020Read third time
02/18/2020Passed House (99-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/18/2020VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB140ER)
02/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB140ER)
02/20/2020Signed by Speaker
02/21/2020Signed by President
02/25/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 25, 2020
02/25/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 3, 2020
03/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 78 (effective 7/1/20)
03/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0078)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB510.