State Law Library Database; created, Supreme Court of Virginia to oversee. (SB581)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Law Library; access; database. Requires the Supreme Court to require and oversee the State Law Library's creation of the Commonwealth Law Library Database (the database). The database shall include a list of resources contained in the law libraries located at the George Mason University School of Law, the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia, and all other public law libraries located in the Commonwealth. The bill requires that the database be maintained on the website of the Supreme Court and be accessible to the public. The librarian of the State Law Library or his designee shall be the administrator of the database and shall update the database quarterly. The bill also grants access right to the State Law Library to the staff of members of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102128D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/20/2010Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)
01/20/2010Committee amendments
01/20/2010Continued to 2011 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This sounds promising. Reading the bill, it looks like the website need only provide a listing of resources, and not the resources themselves. So are we talking about opening up university-level legal databases to the public, or just putting up a single web page to tell people that these databases exist?

marshamaines writes: already exists - why have the state spend money on a salary and it infrastructure when a public database is already available? too...the state cannot compete with free enterprise..thats been quite evident for some time.