Freedom of Information Act; exempts certain records of Department of Veterans Services, etc. (HB2639)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) with support from 24 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Danny Bowling (D-Oakwood), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Frank Hall (D-Richmond), Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk), Del. Bob Hull (D-Falls Church), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk), Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen), Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; certain records of the Department of Veterans Services and the Veterans Services Foundation. Exempts from the mandatory disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (i) personal information contained in the Veterans Care Center Resident Trust Funds concerning residents or patients of the Department of Veterans Services care centers and (ii) records maintained in connection with fundraising activities by the Veterans Services Foundation to the extent that such records reveal the address, electronic mail address, facsimile or telephone number, social security number or other identification number appearing on driver's license, or credit card or bank account data of identifiable donors, except that access shall not be denied to the person who is the subject of the record. The bill provides, however, that it shall not be construed to authorize the withholding of records relating to the amount, date, purpose, and terms of the pledge or donation, or the identity of the donor. Nor does the exclusion provided by the bill apply to protect from disclosure (i) the identities of sponsors providing grants to or contracting with the foundation for the performance of services or other work or (ii) the terms and conditions of such grants or contracts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/23/2009Presented and ordered printed 098703584
01/23/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/27/2009Assigned GL sub: FOIA
01/29/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/03/2009Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Read first time
02/05/2009Read second time
02/05/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB2639E
02/05/2009Printed as engrossed 098703584-E
02/06/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/06/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/18/2009Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Read third time
02/23/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2639ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
02/28/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 223 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0223)