FOIA; party whom writ is served must be served a copy of petition prior to filing. (HB976)

Introduced By

Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; proceedings for enforcement.  Clarifies that when an FOIA petition is filed, the party against whom the writ is brought must be served with a copy of the petition prior to filing. The bill contains a technical amendment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102749D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/25/2010Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
01/28/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/2010Committee substitute printed 10104842D-H1
02/02/2010Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Read first time
02/04/2010Read second time
02/04/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104842D-H1
02/04/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB976H1
02/08/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/24/2010Passed by in General Laws and Technology with letter (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2010Continued to 2011 in General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2010Subject matter referred by letter to the Freedom of Information Advisory Council
02/24/2010Pursuant to Senate Rule 20(L)


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 35 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB147 and HB689.


marshamaines writes:

service of process under vscr's is required of any legal pleading action long as "personal service" isn't required this is good - because attempting "personal service" on a judge is a good way to get "escorted" out of a courthouse or arrested..speaking from experience