FOIA; participation in meetings by electronic communication in event of emergency, etc. (SB161)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


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 in the event that an emergency or personal matter prevents his attendance in person at the meeting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/31/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102052D
12/31/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/24/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB161)
01/27/2014Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
01/27/2014Committee substitute printed 14104302D-S1
01/29/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/29/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB161S1)
01/30/2014Read second time
01/30/2014Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104302D-S1
01/30/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB161S1
01/31/2014Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Placed on Calendar
02/07/2014Read first time
02/07/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/14/2014Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/25/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/27/2014Reported from General Laws with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2014Committee substitute printed 14105353D-H1
02/28/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB161H1)
03/03/2014Read second time
03/04/2014Read third time
03/04/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105353D-H1
03/04/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB161H1
03/04/2014Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/04/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2014House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/05/2014Title replaced 14105353D-H1
03/07/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB161ER)
03/07/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB161ER)
03/07/2014Signed by Speaker
03/10/2014Signed by President
04/03/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 524 (effective 7/1/14)
04/03/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0524)


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.