Freedom of Information Act; confidential records discussion to be conducted in non-public meeting. (SB593)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); meeting exemption; tourism and economic development. Allows the discussion or consideration of confidential proprietary records provided by a private business to certain state, local, or regional industrial or economic development authorities or organizations for business, trade and tourism development to be conducted in meetings not open to the public. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 081143284
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/22/2008Assigned GL&T sub: Subcommittee #1 (FOIA)
02/06/2008Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/11/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/11/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended SB593E
02/11/2008Printed as engrossed 081143284-E
02/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Communicated to House
02/12/2008Placed on Calendar
02/12/2008Read first time
02/12/2008Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/13/2008Assigned GL sub: FOIA
02/28/2008Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Read second time
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB593ER)
03/05/2008Signed by Speaker
03/06/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 626 (effective 7/1/08)
03/18/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0626)


Marsha Maines writes:

ANYONE who wants to do 'business' with the STATE, needs to be aware that the STATE is open for business to the general public. The public has a right to know 'who' the State is getting into bed with.