Higher educational institutions, public; governing boards, meetings, input, and disclosures. (HB2120)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; governing boards; meetings, input, and disclosures. Requires the governing board of each public institution of higher education to establish and maintain on the institution's website (i) a listing of all board members, including the name of the Governor who made each appointment and the date of each appointment; (ii) a listing of all committees created by the board and the membership of each committee; (iii) a schedule of all upcoming meetings of the full board and its committees and instructions for the public to access such meetings; (iv) an archive of agendas and supporting materials for each meeting of the governing board and its committees that was held; and (v) an email address or email addresses that allow board members to receive public communications pertaining to board business. The bill requires such boards to solicit the input of representatives of the institution's faculty senate or its equivalent (a) at least twice per academic year on topics of general interest to the faculty and (b) in advance of decisions to be made on the search for the institution's new chief executive officer. The bill also requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in consultation with the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council, to work with each public institution of higher education and with technology experts to develop a minimal uniform standard, to the extent practicable, for providing the public with real-time electronic access to meetings of the governing boards of public institutions of higher education. Read the Bill »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102195D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2021Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2120)
01/27/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2021Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Committee substitute printed 21103246D-H1
02/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2120H1)
02/02/2021Read first time
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103246D-H1
02/03/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2120H1
02/04/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-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 (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2120ER)
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 (HB2120ER)
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 447 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0447)