Virginia Freedom of Information Act; access to salary information, etc., of public employees. (SB812)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; access to salary information, etc., of public employees.  Allows public access to the records of only the job position, official salary, or rate of pay of, and the allowances or reimbursements for expenses paid to, any officer, official, or employee of a public body. The bill specifically excludes the name of any such officer, official, or employee from disclosure. Read the Bill »


02/02/2011: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/05/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101986D
01/05/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB812)
01/26/2011Assigned GL&T sub: FOIA/Conflict of Interest
02/02/2011Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Letter sent to Freedom of Information Advisory Council


William Seidner writes:

This information should be disclosed in the budget with out the need for this law but if it is required for the salaries to be disclosed then go a head and enact it. I was surprised when I ask Roanoke County for this information and my request was ignored. Publicly traded companies disclose executives and board member outrageous salaries in there annual report even though they are high as heck a lot of times. That little town in California was surprised to see what they were paying County officials when it was disclosed and they promptly retired with fat state pensions.

TThomasdreyer writes:

Surely you jest. Why shouldn't I know what I'm paying you? What employer doesn't know how much his employees are paid?