Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to noncriminal records. (SB727)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patron Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to noncriminal records. Clarifies public access to noncriminal records maintained by public bodies engaged in criminal law-enforcement activities. The bill reverses an April 2015 Virginia Supreme Court decision in Fitzgerald v. Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, which held that a noncriminal record must be a compilation in order for the exemption for noncriminal records to apply. The bill was also the subject of a Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council opinion (AO-08-15) concerning this exemption, which highlighted the need for clarification of this exemption based on the Fitzgerald holding. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/22/2016Presented and ordered printed 16101516D
01/22/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/27/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB727)
02/08/2016Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Committee substitute printed 16105373D-S1
02/08/2016Incorporates SB676
02/09/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB727S1)
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Read second time
02/11/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105373D-S1
02/11/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB727S1
02/11/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Placed on Calendar
02/15/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/18/2016Reported from General Laws (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2016Read second time
02/22/2016Read third time
02/22/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB727ER)
02/23/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB727ER)
02/23/2016Signed by President
02/23/2016Signed by Speaker
02/23/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/16
02/23/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 1, 2016
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 184 (effective 7/1/16)