Freedom of Information Act; venue for enforcement actions against public bodies. (SB1003)

Introduced By

Sen. Edd Houck (D-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; venue for enforcement actions. Clarifies that venue for the enforcement of FOIA rights and privileges against state public bodies, including state institutions, may be brought in general district court or the circuit court of the residence of the aggrieved party or of the City of Richmond. The bill addresses a recent Supreme Court of Virginia case of William F. Shaw v. John T. Casteen, et al, where the Supreme Court upheld the trial court's decision that a FOIA action against the University of Virginia could not be brought where the aggrieved party lived. The bill contains technical amendments and is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 070810740
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/22/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1003)
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 (SB1003ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1003ER)
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 560 (effective 7/1/07)
04/03/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0560)