Higher educational institutions; intercollegiate athletics, student-athletes, compensation. (SB464)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patron Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)

Progress

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

Description

Institutions of higher education; intercollegiate athletics; student-athletes; compensation, representation, and injury. Prohibits any private institution of higher education, baccalaureate public institution of higher education, athletic association, athletic conference, or other organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics from (i) providing a prospective student-athlete with compensation that results from the use of the student's name, image, or likeness; (ii) prohibiting or preventing a student-athlete from earning from another individual or entity compensation that results from the use of the student's name, image, or likeness, except in certain limited circumstances; (iii) prohibiting or preventing a student-athlete from obtaining professional representation by an athlete agent or legal representation by an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth; or (iv) declaring ineligible for or revoking a scholarship provided to a student-athlete who earns compensation that results from the use of the student's name, image, or likeness. The bill prohibits any athletic association, athletic conference, or other organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics from prohibiting or preventing a private institution of higher education or baccalaureate public institution of higher education from becoming a member of or participating in intercollegiate athletics sponsored by such association, conference, or organization as a consequence of the compensation of a student-athlete at such institution that results from the use of the student-athlete's name, image, or likeness. The bill requires each private institution of higher education and each baccalaureate public institution of higher education to establish (i) a sports injury compensation fund into which the institution shall deposit 7.5 percent of the revenue earned from its intercollegiate athletics programs and from which any student-athlete who suffers a serious or career-ending injury during a practice or competition may apply for compensation upon his graduation and (ii) a wage fund into which the institution shall deposit 7.5 percent of the revenue earned from its intercollegiate athletics programs and from which each student-athlete shall receive an equal amount of compensation at the end of each academic year. The foregoing provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2024. The bill also requires the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System to convene a work group consisting of such members as the Chancellor deems appropriate to consider and make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no later July 1, 2022, relating to the compensation and representation of student-athletes enrolled at comprehensive community colleges in the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102343D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/29/2020Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/06/2020Committee amendments
02/06/2020Continued to 2021 in Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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