Freedom of Information Act; definition of public records. (HB2020)

Introduced By

Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; definition of private record.  Defines a "private record" as a record that does not relate to or affect the carrying out of the constitutional, statutory, or other official public business of a public officer, employee, or agent, including the correspondence, diaries, journals, or notes that are not prepared for, utilized for, circulated, or communicated in the course of transacting public business. The bill provides that private records do not constitute public records and states that the physical form or characteristics of the record, including any use of a private or nongovernmental electronic mail account or any other nongovernmental medium, has no bearing on whether or not a record is private as defined by the bill. The bill is in response to a court case in Loudoun County. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11
01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103860D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2011Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
01/20/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/25/2011Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2011Committee substitute printed 11104426D-H1
01/26/2011Read first time
01/27/2011Read second time
01/27/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104426D-H1
01/27/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2020H1
01/28/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
01/28/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/16/2011Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2011Read third time
02/21/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2020ER)
02/26/2011Signed by Speaker
02/28/2011Signed by President
03/18/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 242 (effective 7/1/11)
03/18/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0242)


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.