Virginia Freedom of Information Act; audio recording of closed meetings required. (HB800)

Introduced By

Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); audio recording of closed meetings required. Provides that a public body shall (i) make an audio recording of the entirety of every meeting that is closed to the public; (ii) use a means of recording that fully captures and can clearly reproduce all statements made during a closed meeting; and (iii) preserve the recording for a period of no less than two years. The bill provides that a recording made shall not be subject to the disclosure provisions of FOIA, but its production may be compelled, and the recording used as evidence, in a proceeding to enforce the provisions of FOIA. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101188D
01/12/2016Referred 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 (HB800)
01/28/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/09/2016Committee substitute printed 16104987D-H1
02/09/2016Reported from General Laws with substitute (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/10/2016Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/11/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB800H1)
02/18/2016Left in Appropriations