Freedom of Information Act; electronic communication meetings, report. (SB1001)

Introduced By

Sen. Edd Houck (D-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; electronic communication meetings. Reduces the notice requirement for electronic communication meetings from seven to three working days and clarifies that political subdivisions, other than units of local government, may conduct electronic communication meetings. The bill also allows an individual member of a public body to participate in a meeting through electronic communication means from a remote location that is not open to the public in the event of an emergency, temporary or permanent disability or other medical condition, or when a member of a regional public body's principal residence is more than 60 miles from the primary meeting location. For a member to participate in the above described manner, the bill requires that a quorum of the public body be physically assembled at the primary or central meeting location and that the public body make arrangements for the voice of the remote participant to be heard by all persons at the primary or central meeting location. The bill defines "regional public body." The bill also contains technical amendments and is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


04/10/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 070819740
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/22/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1001)
01/22/2007Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/02/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2007Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2007Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Communicated to House
02/07/2007Placed on Calendar
02/07/2007Read first time
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/2007Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
02/15/2007Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2007Read second time
02/20/2007Read third time
02/20/2007Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1001ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1001ER)
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/26/2007Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Communicated to Governor
04/10/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 945 (effective 7/1/07)
04/12/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0945)