Pursuant to the provisions contained in the Restructuring legislation, the University and the Governor negotiated terms for the Management Agreement, which was submitted to the General Assembly for its approval on November 15, 2005. Governor Warner included language providing for the Management Agreement in the proposed budget for the 2006-2008 biennium presented to the General Assembly on December 16, 2006.
The General Assembly subsequently introduced separate, stand-alone legislation providing for the Management Agreement and deleted the language from the budget bill. HB 1502 and SB 675 were introduced as companion bills in the House of Delegates and Senate on January 20, 2006. Delegate Callahan was the chief patron of HB 1502, which passed the House on February 14, 2006, by a vote of 95-4, and unanimously passed the Senate on March 3 by a vote of 39-0.
SB 675, co-sponsored by Senators Houck and Norment, passed the Senate unanimously on February 13, 2006, by a vote of 40-0. As the bill differed slightly from the version passed by the House, the House amended the bill prior to its passage on March 8 by a vote of 93-0. The amended bill was returned to the Senate for approval of the substitute, which was subsequently agreed to by a vote of 38-0 on March 9.
Again identical measures effective July 1, 2006, HB 1502 and SB 675 were sent to the Governor for final approval. The Governor signed HB 1502 and SB 675 into law on May 18, 2006.
At its June 9, 2006, meeting, the Board of Visitors approved the Information Technology and Human Resources Restructuring Policies provided for in the Management Agreement, as well as the University's commitment to meet an additional goal added to the Restructuring Act during the 2006 Session through the enactment of HB 346 (related to campus safety).
Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act
House Bill 2866 and Senate Bill 1327, introduced as companion bills on January 21, 2005, by Delegate Callahan and Senator Norment respectively, created the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act. The Restructuring Act enables Virginia's public colleges and universities that meet specific, state-defined goals to gain greater control over financial and administrative operations.
HB 2866 passed the House of Delegates on February 8, 2005, by a vote of 76-22. The Senate unanimously passed the bill with a substitute on February 22 by a vote of 40-0. The measure was subsequently returned to the House for its consideration of the Senate amendment, which was adopted by a vote of 85-12 on February 23.
SB 1327 passed the Senate on February 8 by a vote of 37-3 and was subsequently sent to the House of Delegates for consideration. The House proposed and adopted a substitute on SB 1327 before passing the measure by a vote of 76-22 on February 21. The House substitute was considered and adopted by the Senate on February 23 by a vote of 35-3.
HB 2866 and SB 1327, which passed the General Assembly as identical measures, were sent to the Governor for approval. The Governor approved both bills on March 29, 2005, but offered a substitute to the bill, which was considered and approved by the General Assembly on April 6, 2005.
The Restructuring Act, which became effective on July 1, 2005, in-part, established three levels of autonomy for institutions of higher education and required the Board of Visitors to commit to the Governor and the General Assembly to meet a set of eleven statewide goals. The Board of Visitors, on June 10, 2005, approved the University's commitment to meet the statewide goals set-out in the legislation and voted to pursue the highest level of autonomy to be granted by the Commonwealth and negotiate with the Governor to develop a Management Agreement with the Commonwealth.