Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exemption for certain health records. (SB968)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


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


01/10/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101515D
01/10/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB968)
01/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB968)
01/23/2015Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/02/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-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
02/10/2015Reported from General Laws (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Read second time
02/12/2015Read third time
02/12/2015Passed House (95-Y 4-N)
02/12/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB968ER)
02/16/2015Signed by Speaker
02/19/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB968ER)
02/19/2015Signed by President
02/20/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/20/15
02/20/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Friday, February 27, 2015
02/26/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 22 (effective 7/1/15)
02/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0022)


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 55 seconds.


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 Gilbert in the House (HB1633), and UVA.