Freedom of Information Act; responses to requests for public records. (HB1791)

Introduced By

Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; responses to requests for public records. Adds an additional response to address situations when a public body receives a request for public records under FOIA but cannot find the requested records or the requested records do not exist. The bill also clarifies the other responses to requests for public records under FOIA. The bill also contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


12/28/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 061802308
12/28/2006Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/10/2007Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
01/22/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1791)
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/08/2007Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/16/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/16/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2007Read third time
02/19/2007Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2007Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2007Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Placed on Calendar
02/21/2007Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 96-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Senate insisted on amendments (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Senate requested conference committee
02/22/2007House acceded to request
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by House
02/22/2007Delegates: Griffith, Marshall, D.W., Tyler
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by Senate
02/22/2007Senators: Houck, Devolites Davis, Locke
02/24/2007Reading of conference report waived
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/24/2007VOTE: (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2007Passed by temporarily
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1791ER)
03/12/2007Signed by President
03/13/2007Signed by Speaker
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 439 (effective 7/1/07)
03/26/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1791ER)
03/27/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0439)