1996 Session

Budget Bill - HB30 (Introduced)

Item 4-5.06

Item 4-5.06



1. Public Information Encouraged: Each public institution of higher education is expected and encouraged to provide prospective students with accurate and objective information about its programs and services. The institution may use public funds under the control of the institution's Board of Visitors for the development, preparation and dissemination of factual information about the following subjects: academic programs; special programs for minorities; dates, times and procedures for registration; dates and times of course offerings; admission requirements; financial aid; tuition and fee schedules; and other information normally distributed through the college catalog. This information may be presented in any and all media, such as newspapers, magazines, television or radio where the information may be in the form of news, public service announcements or advertisements. Other forms of acceptable presentation would include brochures, pamphlets, posters, notices, bulletins, official catalogs, flyers available at public places and formal or informal meetings with prospective students.

2. Excessive Promotion Prohibited: Each public institution of higher education is prohibited from using public funds under the control of the institution's Board of Visitors for the development, preparation, dissemination or presentation of any material intended or designed to induce students to attend by exaggerating or extolling the institution's virtues, faculty, students, facilities or programs through the use of hyperbole. Artwork and photographs which exaggerate or extol rather than supplement or complement permissible information are prohibited. Mass mailings are generally prohibited; however, either mass mailings or newspaper inserts, but not both, may be used if other methods of distributing permissible information are not economically feasible in the institution's local service area.

3. Compliance: The president or chancellor of each institution of higher education is responsible for the institution's compliance with this subsection.


1. Written approval of the Director of the Department of Information Technology must be obtained before any state agency:

a) contracts for the continuous use of any item of telecommunications equipment; or

b) contracts for telecommunications services from a nongovernmental source.

2. The Director of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems is authorized to purchase computer hardware or software in an amount not to exceed $25,000 per purchase without the prior approval of the Department of General Services.

3. If the billing rates and associated systems for computer, telecommunications and systems development services to state agencies are altered, the Director, Department of Planning and Budget, may transfer appropriations from the general fund between programs affected. These transfers are limited to actions needed to adjust for overfunding or underfunding the program appropriations affected by the altered billing systems.

4. Any Request for Proposal for systems development services issued in accordance with the provisions of this subsection § 4-5.06 b. shall require product conformance with the policies and guidelines for systems development and maintenance of the Council on Information Management.

5. The provisions of this subsection § 4-5.06 b. shall not in any way affect the duties and responsibilities of the State Comptroller under the provisions of § 2.1-196.1, Code of Virginia.

6. It is the intent of the General Assembly that information technology (IT) products and service costs be contained through the shared use of existing or planned equipment or services which may be available or soon made available for use by state agencies or institutions. State agencies and institutions shall cooperate with the Council on Information Management in identifying the requirements for proposed IT products and services, including the proposed use, functionality, capacity and the total cost of acquisition, operation and maintenance.


1. No motor vehicles (including station wagons) shall be purchased or leased with public funds by the state or any officer or employee on behalf of the state without the prior written approval of the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner. The Director of the Department of General Services is hereby authorized to transfer surplus motor vehicles among the state agencies, and determine the value of such surplus equipment for the purpose of maintaining the financial accounts of the state agencies affected by such transfers.

2. The Director of the Department of Aviation shall prepare general guidelines regarding aircraft acquisition and use, which shall include a requirement for state agencies to develop written policies on usage, charge rates and record keeping. The Director shall examine the aircraft needs of state agencies and determine the most efficient and effective method of organizing and managing the Commonwealth's aircraft operations. The Director shall implement the aircraft management system he determines to be most suitable and revise it periodically as the need arises.

d. DRUG PURCHASES: No state agency shall dispense drugs purchased from appropriations in this act for Title XIX, Social Security Act. This provision shall not apply to drugs dispensed to patients of institutions operated by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, and the hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia and to patients of local health departments.

e. MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION AND RADIO SERVICES PRODUCTION: No state agency shall expend any public funds for the production of motion picture films or of programs for television transmission, or for the operation of television or radio transmission facilities, without the prior written approval of the Governor or as otherwise provided in this act, except for educational television programs produced for elementary-secondary education by authority of the Department of Information Technology.

f. TRAVEL: Reimbursement for the cost of travel on official business of the state government is authorized to be paid pursuant to law and regulations issued by the State Comptroller to implement such law. Notwithstanding any contrary provisions of law:

1. For the use of personal automobiles in the discharge of official duties outside the continental limits of the United States, the State Comptroller may authorize an allowance not exceeding the actual cost of operation of such automobiles;

2. The first 15,000 miles of use during each fiscal year of personal automobiles in the discharge of official duties within the continental limits of the United States shall be reimbursed at the rate of 24.0 cents per mile, or in the instance of a state employee, at the lesser of (a) 24.0 cents per mile or (b) the lowest rate charged by the Division of Fleet Management, Department of Transportation, for the use of state-owned automobiles. If the head of the state agency concerned certifies that a state-owned vehicle was not available, or if, according to regulations issued by the State Comptroller, the use of a personal automobile in lieu of a state-owned automobile is considered to be an advantage to the state, the reimbursement shall be at the rate of 24.0 cents per mile. For such use in excess of 15,000 miles in each fiscal year, the reimbursement shall be at a rate of 11.0 cents per mile;

3. The State Comptroller may authorize exemptions to restrictions upon use of common carrier accommodations;

4. The State Comptroller may authorize reimbursement by per diem in lieu of actual costs of meals and any other expense category deemed necessary for the efficient and effective operation of state government ; and

5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, this section shall not apply to members and employees of public school boards.