Virginia Freedom of Information Act; expands open meeting exemptions. (SB1109)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); open meeting exemptions; discussions relating to cybersecurity. Expands the open meeting exemption for the discussion of plans to protect public safety as it relates to terrorism and security of governmental facilities to include the discussion of specific cybersecurity threats or vulnerabilities, including the discussion of related records excluded from FOIA, where discussion in an open meeting would jeopardize the safety of any person or the security of any facility, building, structure, information technology system, or software program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101863D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/23/2015Assigned GL&T sub: #1
01/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1109)
02/02/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Placed on Calendar
02/09/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/11/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/17/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/17/2015Reported from General Laws with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Read second time
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2015Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/2015Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Emergency clause added
02/25/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1109ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1109ER)
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 182 (effective 3/16/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0182)