Freedom of Information Act; allows public bodies to meet by electronic communication without quorum. (HB2669)

Introduced By

Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Freedom of Information Act; electronic communication meetings; Governor-declared state of emergency. Allows public bodies to meet by electronic communication means without a quorum of the public body physically assembled at one location when (i) the Governor has declared a state of emergency in accordance with 44-146.17, (ii) the meeting is necessary to take action to address the emergency, and (iii) the public body otherwise complies with the electronic communication meetings law. The bill also authorizes the local governing body to meet by electronic communication means when the Governor has declared a state of emergency in accordance with 44-146.17 in an area that includes the locality and (a) the meeting is necessary to take action to address the emergency, (b) notice, reasonable under the circumstance, of the emergency meeting shall be given contemporaneously with the notice provided members of the public body conducting the meeting, (c) the local governing body makes arrangements for public participation, and (d) the local governing body otherwise complies with the electronic communication meetings law. Read the Bill »

Status

03/19/2007: signed by governor

History

DateAction
01/10/2007Committee
01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078643105
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2007Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2007Engrossed by House as amended HB2669E
02/05/2007Printed as engrossed 078643105-E
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
02/14/2007Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
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 amendment waived
02/19/2007Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2007Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Placed on Calendar
02/21/2007Senate amendment agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2007Enrolled
03/07/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2669ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 512 (effective 7/1/07)
03/27/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0512)

Comments

Frosty Landon writes:

Amended to limit waiver of e-meeting rules for state officials when a governor declares a state of emergency. (But was it really needed? Probably not!)

Local-government waivers will be studied by the FOIA Council.