Freedom of Information Act; violations and penalties. (HB1457)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; violations and penalties.  Provides that public employees may be terminated or otherwise disciplined for knowing and willful violations of FOIA. The bill also clarifies existing law that officers, employees, and members of public bodies may be subject to civil penalties for knowing and willful violations of FOIA. Amends § 2.2-3714, of the Code of Virginia.


Bill Has Passed


  • 11/29/2010 Committee
  • 11/29/2010 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100174D
  • 11/29/2010 Referred to Committee on General Laws
  • 01/12/2011 Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
  • 01/14/2011 Impact statement from DPB (HB1457)
  • 01/27/2011 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
  • 02/01/2011 Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/01/2011 Committee substitute printed 11104558D-H1
  • 02/02/2011 Read first time
  • 02/02/2011 Impact statement from DPB (HB1457H1)
  • 02/03/2011 Read second time
  • 02/03/2011 Committee substitute agreed to 11104558D-H1
  • 02/03/2011 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1457H1
  • 02/04/2011 Read third time and passed House (95-Y 3-N)
  • 02/04/2011 VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/07/2011 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/07/2011 Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
  • 02/16/2011 Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/18/2011 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/21/2011 Read third time
  • 02/21/2011 Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/25/2011 Enrolled
  • 02/25/2011 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1457ER)
  • 02/25/2011 Impact statement from DPB (HB1457ER)
  • 02/26/2011 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/28/2011 Signed by President
  • 03/22/2011 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 327 (effective 7/1/11)
  • 03/22/2011 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0327)


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 50 seconds.


Rickey Moore writes:

At first glance, I like this bill.