Freedom of Information Act; public access to procurement records, and discussions therof. (SB1002)

Introduced By

Sen. Edd Houck (D-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; exemptions for PPTA and PPEA projects. Allows memoranda, staff evaluations, or other records prepared by the responsible public entity, its staff, outside advisors, or consultants exclusively for the evaluation and negotiation of proposals filed under the PPTA (Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995) and PPEA (Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002) to be withheld from public disclosure, where if such records were made public prior to or after the execution an interim or a comprehensive agreement, the financial interest or bargaining position of the public entity would be adversely affected. The bill allows any independent review panel appointed to review PPTA proposals and advise the responsible public entity concerning such records to meet in a closed meeting. The bill also contains technical amendments and is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


03/15/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 070805740
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/22/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1002)
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
02/06/2007Passed 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 (SB1002ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1002ER)
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/15/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 374 (effective 7/1/07)
03/21/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0374)


Frosty Landon writes:

Approved unanimously. Allows confidentiality for internal VDOT documents related to multi-phase projects. As previously approved, the language also provides more disclosure earlier for PPEA and PPTA projects.