Virginia FOIA; remote participation in meeting by member of public body. (HB2026)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; remote participation in a meeting by a member of a public body; personal matter. Allows a member of a public body to participate in a meeting by electronic communication means due to personal matters under certain circumstances. Currently, such remote participation is allowed only for emergency, medical condition, or distance from the meeting location of more than 60 miles. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/09/2013Committee
01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102255D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/14/2013Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2026)
01/17/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/22/2013Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Read first time
01/24/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/25/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/04/2013Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/11/2013Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read third time
02/14/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Enrolled
02/20/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2026ER)
02/20/2013Signed by Speaker
02/20/2013Signed by President
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2026ER)
03/06/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 119 (effective 7/1/13)
03/06/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0119)

Video

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 25 seconds.

Comments

ACLU-VA Open Government, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation that permits a member of a public body to participate in a meeting electronically for either emergency or personal reasons.