FOIA; participation in meetings by electronic communication in event of emergency, etc. (HB193)

Introduced By

Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; participation in meetings in event of emergency or personal matters. Removes the requirement that a public body approve by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting the remote participation in the meeting by one of its members. The bill instead requires the public body to approve by a majority vote a policy allowing participation of its members by electronic communication. Once adopted, the public body shall apply this policy uniformly to its entire membership, without regard to the identity of the member requesting remote participation or the matters that will be considered or voted on at the meeting. Amends § 2.2-3708.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 12/23/2013 Committee
  • 12/23/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102244D
  • 12/23/2013 Referred to Committee on General Laws
  • 01/10/2014 Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
  • 01/24/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB193)
  • 01/30/2014 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 2-N)
  • 02/04/2014 Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/04/2014 Committee substitute printed 14104733D-H1
  • 02/06/2014 Read first time
  • 02/07/2014 Read second time
  • 02/07/2014 Committee substitute agreed to 14104733D-H1
  • 02/07/2014 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB193H1
  • 02/07/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB193H1)
  • 02/10/2014 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
  • 02/10/2014 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/11/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/11/2014 Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
  • 02/24/2014 Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (14-Y 0-N)
  • 02/26/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
  • 02/27/2014 Read third time
  • 02/27/2014 Reading of amendments waived
  • 02/27/2014 Committee amendments rejected
  • 02/27/2014 Floor substitute printed 14105355D-S1 (Favola)
  • 02/27/2014 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/27/2014 Substitute by Senator Favola agreed to 14105355D-S1
  • 02/27/2014 Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB193S1
  • 02/27/2014 Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/28/2014 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/28/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB193S1)
  • 03/03/2014 Senate substitute rejected by House 14105355D-S1 (0-Y 93-N)
  • 03/03/2014 VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/04/2014 Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N)
  • 03/04/2014 Senate requested conference committee
  • 03/05/2014 House acceded to request
  • 03/05/2014 Conferees appointed by House
  • 03/05/2014 Delegates: Minchew, Anderson, Ward
  • 03/06/2014 Conferees appointed by Senate
  • 03/06/2014 Senators: Favola, Miller, Vogel
  • 03/06/2014 C Amended by conference committee
  • 03/06/2014 Conference substitute printed 14105588D-H2
  • 03/07/2014 Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
  • 03/07/2014 Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 1-N)
  • 03/07/2014 VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/07/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB193H2)
  • 03/17/2014 Enrolled
  • 03/17/2014 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB193ER)
  • 03/17/2014 Signed by President
  • 03/18/2014 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/19/2014 Impact statement from DPB (HB193ER)
  • 04/03/2014 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 492 (effective 7/1/14)
  • 04/03/2014 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0492)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.


Erica Gray writes:

without regard to the identity of the member requesting remote participation or the matters that will be considered or voted on at the meeting?