VA. FOIA; access to criminal and other records. (SB1264)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Freedom of Information Act; access to criminal and other records held by public bodies engaged in criminal law-enforcement activities. Reorganizes 2.2-3706 of the Freedom of Information Act relating to access to criminal records and other records held by law-enforcement agencies. The only substantive changes in the bill are to (i) expand to the state law-enforcement agencies the ability to withhold portions of noncriminal incident information and (ii) allow law-enforcement agencies to make a verbal response for requests for criminal incident information. The bill also clarifies that personnel records of persons employed by a law-enforcement agency are not noncriminal records, but subject to the personnel records and background investigation records exemptions. The bill contains technical amendments and is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2013Presented and ordered printed
01/11/2013Presented and ordered printed 13100313D
01/11/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/25/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1264)
02/04/2013Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Blank Action (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2013Bills placed in block (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Placed on Calendar
02/11/2013Read first time
02/11/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/11/2013Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
02/14/2013Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read second time
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1264ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1264ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/21/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 695 (effective 7/1/13)
03/21/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0695)


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 45 seconds.


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

ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation. Generally, the ACLU of Virginia supports all legislation that makes public records more accessible. This bill seeks to make law enforcement records more accessible except as necessary to protect an on-going investigation or information about victims or witnesses to crime.