Virginia Freedom of Information Act; repetitive requests, remedies. (SB1371)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; repetitive requests; remedies. Allows a public body to petition the appropriate court for additional time to respond to a request for records when the request is one of a series of requests by the same requester and a response by the public body within the time required by this chapter will prevent the public body from meeting its operational responsibilities. The bill also authorizes a court, in any action to enforce the provisions of FOIA, to decline to order production of the requested records if the evidence shows that the frequency or volume of the record requests made by the petitioner (i) constitutes an unreasonable burden on the resources of the public body, (ii) will prevent the public body from meeting its operational responsibilities, or (iii) has been made to evade the payment of any charges assessed in accordance with FOIA. The bill contains technical amendments. Amends § 2.2-3704, § 2.2-3713, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


02/04/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/31/2013Unanimous consent to introduce
01/31/2013Presented and ordered printed 13104787D
01/31/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/04/2013Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


This bill mentions Richmond, Library of Virginia, Richmond.