Freedom of Information Act; requests for records may be made by any citizen of United States. (HB641)

Introduced By

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; requests for records.  Provides that FOIA requests may be made by any citizen of the United States and not just citizens of the Commonwealth and extends the same privilege to representatives of newpapers and magazines. The bill provides that this privilege is limited to those states which give reciprocal rights to make FOIA requests to Virginia citizens.The bill also allows a public body to require prepayment before providing requested records when the amount for so producing is likely to exceed $100. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102068D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/19/2010Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
02/11/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/2010Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2010Read first time
02/15/2010Read second time
02/15/2010Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2010Engrossed by House as amended HB641E
02/15/2010Printed as engrossed 10102068D-E
02/16/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
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)
12/02/2010Left in General Laws and Technology