HB 1539 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to records of public bodies.
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Summary as enacted with Governor's Recommendation: (all summaries)

Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to records of public bodies. Clarifies the definition of public record. The bill also (i) defines "personal contact information" that is excluded from FOIA's mandatory disclosure provisions in certain cases; (ii) clarifies that a requester has the right to inspect records or receive copies at his option; (iii) clarifies language in certain record exclusions under FOIA that certain records may be disclosed at the discretion of the custodian; (iv) consolidates the personnel record exclusion with the limitation on the application of that exclusion, and specifically clarifies that the name, in addition to position, job classification, and salary, of a public employee is public information as per opinions of the Attorney General and the FOIA Council; (v) eliminates, effective July 1, 2018, the exclusion for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority relating to operating and marketing strategies; (vi) eliminates the exclusion for correspondence of local officials as unnecessary; (vii) consolidates various public safety exclusions relating to building plans and drawings and critical infrastructure into a single exclusion; (viii) eliminates the exclusion for administrative investigations of the Department of Human Resource Management, as the exclusion is already covered under the personnel records exclusion; (ix) expands the exclusion for personal information provided to the Virginia College Savings Plan to cover qualified beneficiaries, designated survivors, and authorized individuals, which terms are defined in the bill; (x) consolidates the various record exclusions for the Department of Health Professions and the Department of Health into single exclusions for each Department; (xi) clarifies certain Department of Social Services exclusions; (xii) provides an exclusion for local finance boards that provide postemployment benefits other than pensions; and (xiii) eliminates the record exclusion for Virginia Wildlife Magazine. The bill also limits the application of the working papers exemption by stating that information publicly available or not otherwise subject to an exclusion under FOIA or other provision of law that has been aggregated, combined, or changed in format without substantive analysis or revision shall not be deemed working papers. The bill contains numerous technical amendments. 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 17100968D  pdf | impact statements
02/02/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104899D-H1  pdf | impact statement
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1539ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/05/17  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB1539ER2)  pdf
04/05/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0778)  pdf

Governor's recommendation

12/27/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100968D
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 with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (20-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104899D-H1
02/04/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Read second time
02/06/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104899D-H1
02/06/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1539H1
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 (14-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)
03/07/17  House: Enrolled
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1539ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/17  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
04/05/17  House: Placed on Calendar
04/05/17  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/05/17  House: Reenrolled
04/05/17  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB1539ER2)
04/05/17  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/05/17  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/05/17  House: Enacted, Chapter 778 (effective 7/1/17)
04/05/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0778)