Virginia Freedom of Information Act; resource management plans, closed meetings. (HB1618)

Introduced By

Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; open meeting exemption for certain public bodies. Creates an open meeting exemption for those meetings or portions of meetings of a Resource Management Plan Technical Review Committee, a Soil and Water Conservation District Board, a review committee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, or the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board when such body discusses or considers records currently excluded from FOIA. The bill provides that this exemption shall not apply, however, to the discussion of records containing information that has been transformed into a statistical or aggregate form that does not allow identification of the individual who supplied, or are the subject of, particular information, or that has been certified for release by the individual that is the subject of the record. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100469D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/27/2015Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Committee substitute printed 15104110D-H1
01/29/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Read second time
01/30/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104110D-H1
01/30/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1618H1
02/02/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/02/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/10/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1618H1)
02/16/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1618ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/13/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1618ER)
03/16/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 169 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0169)


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 1 minute.