Freedom of Information Act; allows governing body to meet electronically when state of emergency. (HB2553)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Al Eisenberg (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; electronic communication meetings by local governing bodies; declaration of local state of emergency. Allows a local governing body to meet by electronic communication means when a local state of emergency has been declared in accordance with 44-146.21 provided (i) the meeting is necessary to take action to address the emergency, (ii) notice, reasonable under the circumstances, of the emergency meeting shall be given contemporaneously with the notice provided members of the local governing body conducting the meeting, (iii) the local governing body makes arrangements for public participation, and (iv) the local governing body otherwise complies with the requirements for electronic communication meetings. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078031300
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2007Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
02/01/2007Letter sent to FOIA