Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exemption for certain health records. (HB1633)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exemption for certain health records. Clarifies that records of certain health care committees and entities, to the extent that they reveal information that may be withheld from discovery as privileged communications, are exempt from disclosure under FOIA. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100958D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1633)
01/22/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1633)
01/27/2015Reported from General Laws (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2015Read third time and passed House (94-Y 5-N)
02/02/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
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 (HB1633ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1633ER)
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
03/16/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 127 (effective 7/1/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0127)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Megan Rhyne writes:

The wording is too vague. There is no definition of "certain health care committees and entities." UVA said in November it wants a similar exemption, but they suggested much narrower language. We will watch to see what the interplay between this, an identical bill by Ruff in the Senate (SB968), and UVA.

Helen Gregory writes:

To keep certain information from public is one thing but to keep it from the person involved is wrong. That person should be able to get any report on them.