Freedom of Information Act; secure remote access to land records, certain provisions. (HB2062)

Introduced By

Del. Michele McQuigg (R-Occoquan) with support from co-patrons Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), and Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; land records. Provides that the Freedom of Information Act does not apply to land records available via secure remote access but that such access is governed by certain provisions of the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act (see 2.2-3800 et seq.). The bill provides requirements for posting land records via secure remote access to the Internet and requires, beginning July 1, 2010, that social security numbers not be contained in such documents. Judgments, however, will contain the last four digits of a social security number for identification purposes. The clerk is given the authority to reject documents that contain social security numbers and also is allowed to perform a global redaction of social security numbers from those documents filed before the 2010 deadline. The bill also allows the use of the Technology Trust Fund to pay for redaction. The bill clarifies that the clerk is to charge $0.50 per electronic image for transmitting "papers or records" to go out of his office in the same manner that he charges $0.50 per page for copying. Read the Bill »


03/20/2007: signed by governor


01/08/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 073048412
01/08/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/12/2007Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
01/23/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2062)
01/25/2007Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/29/2007Committee substitute printed 070904392-H1
01/29/2007Reported from Science and Technology (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2007Read first time
02/01/2007Read second time
02/01/2007Committee substitute agreed to 070904392-H1
02/01/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2062H1
02/02/2007Read third time and passed House (93-Y 4-N)
02/02/2007Communicated to Senate
02/05/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/08/2007Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2062H1)
02/15/2007Committee substitute printed 072798740-S1
02/16/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/16/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2062S1)
02/19/2007Read third time
02/19/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072798740-S1
02/19/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2062S1
02/19/2007Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Placed on Calendar
02/21/2007Senate substitute agreed to by House (91-Y 5-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2062ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2062ER)
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/20/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 626 (effective - see bill)
04/05/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0626)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB824.


Frosty Landon writes:

Continues subscriber-only remote access to land records; requires clerks to redact SSNs by 2010; requires clerks to offer online subscriptions by 2008 (not quite one-half of the clerks' offices now offer the service. Online access is covered by Code sections that spell out clerks' disclosure rules (not by FOIA). Allows clerks to charge 50 cents per "image."