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


HOUSE BILL NO. 2223
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee for Courts of Justice
on February 6, 2015)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Morris)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 2.2-3713.1, relating to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful violations a misdemeanor; penalty.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 2.2-3713.1 as follows:

§ 2.2-3713.1. Additional penalty for willful and knowing violations.

In addition to the provisions of §§ 2.2-3713 and 2.2-3714, any officer, employee, or member of a public body who, without legal excuse or justification, deliberately, willfully, and knowingly violates § 2.2-3704, 2.2-3705.1 through 2.2-3705.8, 2.2-3706, 2.2-3707, 2.2-3708, 2.2-3708.1, 2.2-3710, 2.2-3711, or 2.2-3712 is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

HOUSE BILL NO. 2223

Offered January 16, 2015
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 2.2-3713.1, relating to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful violations a misdemeanor; penalty.
Patron-- Morris

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 2.2-3713.1 as follows:

§ 2.2-3713.1. Additional penalty for willful and knowing violations.

In addition to the provisions of §§ 2.2-3713 and 2.2-3714, any officer, employee, or member of a public body convicted of a willful and knowing violation of § 2.2-3704, 2.2-3705.1 through 2.2-3705.8, 2.2-3706, 2.2-3707, 2.2-3708, 2.2-3708.1, 2.2-3710, 2.2-3711, or 2.2-3712 is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.