Freedom of Information Act; record exemption for the Statewide Agencies Radio System (STARS). (SB432)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; record exemption for the Statewide Agencies Radio System.  Provides an exemption from FOIA for documentation or other information that (i) describes the design, function, programming, operation, or access control features of the overall system, components, structures, individual networks, and subsystems of the Statewide Agencies Radio System (STARS) or (ii) relates to radio frequencies assigned to or utilized by STARS, code plugs, circuit routing, addressing schemes, talk groups, fleet maps, encryption, programming maintained by or utilized by STARS; those portions of engineering and construction drawings and plans that reveal critical structural components, interconnectivity, security equipment and systems, network monitoring, network operation center, master sites, ventilation systems, fire protection equipment, mandatory building emergency equipment, electrical systems, and other utility equipment and systems related to STARS; and special event plans, operational plans, storm plans, or other pre-arranged programming, the disclosure of which would reveal surveillance techniques, personnel deployments, alarm or security systems or technologies, or operational and transportation plans or protocols, to the extent such disclosure would jeopardize the security of any governmental facility, building or structure or the safety of any person. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101810D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/01/2010Assigned GL&T sub: FOIA/Conflict of Interest
02/02/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB432)
02/10/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2010Read second time
02/15/2010Reading of amendments waived
02/15/2010Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB432E
02/15/2010Printed as engrossed 10101810D-E
02/15/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB432E)
02/17/2010Placed on Calendar
02/17/2010Read first time
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/23/2010Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
02/25/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
03/02/2010Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010Read second time
03/04/2010Read third time
03/04/2010Committee amendments agreed to
03/04/2010Engrossed by House as amended
03/04/2010Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/04/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB432ER)
03/13/2010Signed by Speaker
03/15/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB432ER)
03/15/2010Signed by President
04/12/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 672 (effective 7/1/10)
04/12/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0672)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Technology, Public Safety - STARS, FOIA