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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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