Electronic meetings by Air Pollution Control Board and State Water Control Board; in compliance. (SB1317)

Introduced By

Sen. Edd Houck (D-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patron Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electronic meetings by the Air Pollution Control Board and the State Water Control Board. Requires that any electronic communication meetings (teleconference) shall be held in compliance with the provisions the Freedom of Information Act, except that a quorum of the Board is not required to be physically assembled at one primary or central meeting location. The bill also requires that discussions of the Air Pollution Control Board or the State Water Control Board held via such electronic communication means shall be specifically limited to a (i) review of certain decisions of the Director, (ii) determination of the Air Pollution Control Board or the State Water Control Board whether or not to grant a public hearing or Board consideration, or (iii) delegation of the permit to the Director for his decision. No other matter of public business shall be discussed or transacted by the Air Pollution Control Board or the State Water Control Board during any such meeting held via electronic communication. The bill also clarifies when certain public hearings may be held and who may preside over the public hearings. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 081885244
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/21/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1317)
02/04/2009Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Placed on Calendar
02/11/2009Read first time
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/19/2009Assigned GL sub: FOIA
02/19/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/19/2009Reported from General Laws (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Read second time
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1317ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
03/04/2009Signed by President
03/09/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1317ER)
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 627 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0627)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.