Freedom of Information Act; exemption for persons designated to carry out execution. (SB1295)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transfer of prisoner to facility housing death chamber; confidentiality of execution records. Provides that the identities of persons designated to carry out an execution are confidential, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, and not subject to discovery or introduction as evidence in any proceeding. The bill also removes the specific time constraints on when a prisoner condemned to die must be transferred to the correctional center wherein the death chamber is housed and when, prior to execution, the prisoner must elect to execution by a method other than lethal injection. Read the Bill »


03/21/2007: signed by governor


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 070729105
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/22/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/23/2007Read second time
01/23/2007Reading of amendments waived
01/23/2007Committee amendments agreed to
01/23/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1295E
01/23/2007Printed as engrossed 070729105-E
01/24/2007Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/2007Communicated to House
02/05/2007Placed on Calendar
02/05/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/06/2007Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
02/15/2007Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2007Read second time
02/20/2007Read third time
02/20/2007Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2007Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2007Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1295ER)
03/08/2007Signed by Speaker
03/11/2007Signed by President
03/21/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 737 (effective 7/1/07)
04/05/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0737)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2418.


Frosty Landon writes:

A new FOIA exemption, approved by the House and Senate, providing confidentiality in most circumstances for persons designated to carry out an execution (Amended to permit disclosure in non-civil proceedings for "good cause shown."