Virginia Freedom of Information Act; misdemeanor violations, penalty. (HB61)

Introduced By

Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; misdemeanor violations; penalty. Provides that in addition to the civil enforcement provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), any officer, employee, or member of a public body who, without legal excuse or justification, deliberately, willfully, and knowingly violates certain FOIA provisions is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/04/2015Committee
12/04/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100894D
12/04/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #2
01/18/2016Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/28/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB61)
02/11/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in General Laws

Comments

ACLU-VA Open Government, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill. Virginia's FOIA needs better enforcement provisions but criminalizing poor public service is not the answer.