HB 1540 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to meetings of public bodies.
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Summary as introduced:
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to meetings of public bodies. Revises FOIA's various open meeting exemptions relating to legal matters, litigation, certain museums, and the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority. The bill also (i) clarifies where meeting notices and minutes are to be posted, (ii) requires copies of proposed agendas to be made available, (iii) eliminates reporting to the Joint Commission on Science and Technology when a state public body convenes an electronic communication meeting, and (iv) makes technical corrections to several open meeting exemptions to provide context for those meeting exemptions that currently only cross-reference corollary records exemptions. The bill also clarifies closed meeting procedures. The bill contains numerous technical corrections. This bill is a recommendation of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council pursuant to the HJR 96 FOIA study (2014-2016).

Full text:
12/27/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101247D  pdf | impact statements
02/20/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1540ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/16/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0616)  pdf

Status:
12/27/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101247D
12/27/16  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/11/17  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/26/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  House: Reported from General Laws (20-Y 0-N)
02/04/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/07/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/13/17  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)
02/15/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Read third time
02/16/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  House: Enrolled
02/20/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1540ER)
02/20/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 616 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0616)