2020 General Assembly Session

Instructional Technology Related Legislation

2020 General Assembly Summary
Instructional Technolody Related Legislation
Fairfax County Public Schools, Office of Government Relations

This report describes all of the Instructional Technology-related legislation considered during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session.  Bills are listed in one of three categories: Approved, Continued to 2021, or Failed. 

Approved legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2020 unless otherwise specified in the legislation itself.

Bills designated as “Continued to 2021” are effectively “Failed” for purposes of the 2020 Session, but can still be acted upon by the Committee that recommended continuing the legislation prior to the 2021 Session (by December 3, 2020).  Even if a bill were to be acted upon prior to that deadline (which rarely occurs), it would still have to proceed through the remainder of the legislative process (pass in both chambers, signed by the Governor) during the 2021 Session.

Summaries are linked to the Division of Legislative Services’ web pages for text, up to date summary information, and fiscal impact statements. If a bill of interest is not found in one category, please check another as legislation often can fit under multiple categories.

UPDATED:  March 30, 2020


Computer Trespass; Expands the Crime SB 378 (Mason)  expands the crime of computer trespass to provide that the prohibited actions that constitute computer trespass are criminalized if done through intentionally deceptive means and without authority and specifies that a computer hardware or software provider, an interactive computer service, or a telecommunications or cable operator does not have to provide notice of its activities to a computer user that a reasonable computer user should expect may occur. SB 378 incorporates SB 844 (Mason).

Virginia Information Technologies Agency; Required Information Security Training Program HB 852 (Ayala) requires the Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (the CIO) to develop by November 30, 2020, and annually update a curriculum and materials for training all state employees in information security awareness and in proper procedures for detecting, assessing, reporting, and addressing information security threats. The bill requires the Commonwealth's executive, legislative, and judicial branches and independent agencies, beginning January 1, 2021, to provide annual information security training for each of its employees using the curriculum and materials developed by the CIO.



Learning Management System SB 366 (Dunnavant) would direct the Department of Education to obtain a statewide learning management system for use in public schools by the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Note that there is related budget language Item (141 #2c) which would re-allocate funding for the proposed learning management system the first year and provide additional funding in the second year for a statewide learning management system as well as direct the Department of Education convene a workgroup to develop a plan on the development and implementation of a statewide learning management system by December 1, 2020.

Student Growth Measurement System SB 367 (Dunnavant) would direct the Department of Education to obtain an individualized student growth measurement system that tracks and analyzes student growth indicators. The bill would require that the student growth measurement system be implemented during the 2022-2023 school year.



Authority of Localities to Provide Broadband Service HB 1242 (Heretick) and SB 351 (Lucas) would have provided that any locality may establish any department, office, board, commission, agency, or other governmental division or entity that has authority to offer telecommunications, Internet access, broadband, information, and data transmission services.  

Blockchain Technology; Joint Subcommittee to Study Emergence & Integration in the Economy HJ 63 (Rush) and HJ 105 (Subramanyam) would have established a 19-member, two-year joint subcommittee to identify research and economic development opportunities to inform a statewide, comprehensive, and coordinated strategy relating to blockchain technology.   

Broadband and Economic Development SB 526 (McDougle) would have required the Governor to include in the budget bill recommended appropriations for initiatives that promote and develop broadband infrastructure comparable to or greater than any recommended appropriations for economic development.

Virginia Data Commission; Report SB 400 (Dunnavant) would have established the Virginia Data Commission as a permanent legislative commission. The Commission would have studied, reported, and made recommendations on all areas of data governance and analytics in the Commonwealth to ensure that Virginia would be a national leader in data-driven policy and evidence-based decision making. The Commission would have developed standards, guidelines, and best practices related to data and would have sought to coordinate agency efforts to prevent duplication of data and efforts.