Election officials, state and local; acceptance of certain gifts and funding prohibited, etc. (SB80)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State and local elections officials; acceptance of certain gifts and funding prohibited. Prohibits state and local elections officials from soliciting, accepting, using, or disposing of any moneys, grants, property, or services given by a private individual or nongovernmental entity for the purpose of funding voter education and outreach programs, voter registration programs, or any other expense incurred in the conduct of elections. The bill specifically provides that it is not a violation of this prohibition to (i) operate a polling place or voter satellite office in a facility furnished by a private individual or nongovernmental entity or (ii) accept a federal government grant funded in whole or part by donations from private individuals or nongovernmental entities. This bill is identical to HB 205. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102180D
01/05/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB80)
01/25/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2022Committee substitute printed 22105282D-S1
01/27/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2022Read second time
01/28/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/28/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105282D-S1
01/28/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB80S1
01/31/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB80S1)
01/31/2022Passed by for the day
02/01/2022Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/25/2022Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Read second time
03/02/2022Read third time
03/02/2022Passed House (53-Y 46-N)
03/02/2022VOTE: Passage (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB80ER)
03/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB80ER)
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/08/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 698 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0698)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1101.


Carolyn Caywood writes:

What prevents "voter education and outreach programs, voter registration programs" from including voter registration drives by organizations, sharing voting information on social media, etc., from being considered contributed services?

Dee Martworthy writes:

Unless the Commonwealth plans to set up expansive voter registration, outreach and education programs to replace money provided by private organizations, this bill only restricts voter information.
An informed electorate is a smart electorate.
This bill seems designed specifically to keep voters less informed and I do not support it in any way.