Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship and Memorial Program; established, report. (HB1980)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun) with support from 21 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship and Memorial Program established. Establishes the Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship and Memorial Program, whereby Longwood University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Military Institute, and The College of William and Mary in Virginia, with any source of funds other than state funds or tuition or fee increases, are required to annually (i) identify and memorialize, to the extent possible, all enslaved individuals who labored on former and current institutionally controlled grounds and property and (ii) provide a tangible benefit such as a college scholarship or community-based economic development program for individuals or specific communities with a demonstrated historic connection to slavery that will empower families to be lifted out of the cycle of poverty. The bill requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to collaborate with such institutions to establish guidelines for the implementation of the Program and to annually collect information on the implementation of the Program from such institutions and report such information to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Education, the Senate Committee on Education and Health, the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations, and the Virginia African American Advisory Board. Read the Bill »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102391D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2021Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
01/27/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1980)
02/01/2021Reported from Education with substitute (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Committee substitute printed 21103782D-H1
02/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1980H1)
02/02/2021Read first time
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103782D-H1
02/03/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1980H1
02/04/2021Read third time and passed House (61-Y 39-N)
02/04/2021VOTE: Passage (61-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/18/2021Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1980ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1980ER)
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 442 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0442)