Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful and knowing violations of certain provisions, penalty. (HB2223)

Introduced By

Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful and knowing violations a misdemeanor; penalty. Provides that in addition to the civil enforcement provisions of FOIA, any officer, employee, or member of a public body convicted of a willful and knowing violation of certain FOIA provisions is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2015Presented and ordered printed 15103258D
01/16/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/21/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2223)
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/06/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Committee substitute printed 15104295D-H1
02/07/2015Read first time
02/08/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2223H1)
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2223
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104295D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2223H1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (99-Y 1-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/16/2015Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/23/2015Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


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 3 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Basically every year, every FOIA bill proposes to weaken FOIA. This is a really rare instance of a bill that proposes to strengthen FOIA, quite dramatically in this case.

Susan Lawrence writes:

Excellent bill. Transparency is so important in Virginia. I don't imagine too many people would go to jail, but the fear of being found guilty, as a government employee, of not doing your job, should encourage better accountability for FOIA requests. And save everyone time and money but getting the job done correctly the first time.