Higher educational institutions, public; admissions applications, legacy admissions, etc. (HB48)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from 27 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Bonita Anthony (D-Norfolk), Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria), Del. Destiny LeVere Bolling (D-Glen Allen), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Katrina Callsen (D-Charlottesville), Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. Laura Jane Cohen (D-Burke), Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg), Del. Michael Feggans (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Phil Hernandez (D-Norfolk), Del. Michael Jones (D-Richmond), Del. Amy Laufer (D-Albemarle), Del. Michelle Maldonado (D-Manassas), Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Atoosa Reaser (D-Loudoun), Del. Irene Shin (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Kannan Srinivasan (D-Loudoun), Del. Josh Thomas (D-Gainesville), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; admissions applications; legacy admissions and admissions based on donor status prohibited. Prohibits any public institution of higher education from providing any manner of preferential treatment in the admissions decision to any student applicant on the basis of such student's legacy status, defined in the bill, or such student's familial relationship to any donor to such institution. This bill is identical to SB 46. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/21/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104163D
12/21/2023Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2024Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/22/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB48)
01/24/2024Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2024Read first time
01/29/2024Read second time and engrossed
01/30/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
01/30/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/15/2024Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2024Read third time
02/19/2024Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB48ER)
02/21/2024Signed by Speaker
02/24/2024Signed by President
02/26/2024Signed by President
02/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB48ER)
03/01/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2024
03/01/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 8, 2024
03/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 15 (effective 7/1/24)
03/08/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0015)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB71.

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