Freedom of Information Act; exempts personal information in constituent correspondence. (HB141)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; personal information in constituent correspondence.  Provides an exemption from the mandatory disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the names, physical addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses contained in correspondence between an individual and a member of the governing body, school board, or other public body of the locality in which the individual is a resident, unless the correspondence relates to a public matter before such public body. The bill provides that no record that is otherwise open to inspection under FOIA shall be deemed exempt by virtue of the fact that it has been attached to or incorporated within any such correspondence. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/04/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100485D
01/04/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/13/2012Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
02/02/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/07/2012Reported from General Laws with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Read first time
02/09/2012Read second time
02/09/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/09/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB141E
02/09/2012Printed as engrossed 12100485D-E
02/10/2012Read third time and passed House (96-Y 2-N)
02/10/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2012Passed House (97-Y 1-N)
02/10/2012VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/20/2012Reported from General Laws and Technology (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Read third time
02/23/2012Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB141ER)
02/28/2012Signed by Speaker
02/29/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 726 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0726)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.