Virginia Freedom of Information Act; right to speak at open meetings. (HB2223)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; right to speak at open meetings. Requires that every public body afford an opportunity for public comment during any open meeting and requires that the public comment periods be noticed on the public body's agenda. The bill permits the public body to have discretion in where it places the public comment period on its agenda and permits the public body to adopt reasonable rules governing the public comment portion of the meeting, including imposing reasonable restrictions on time, place, and manner. The bill requires that for meetings of all public bodies, not just those state public bodies on which there is at least one member appointed by the Governor as in current law, the notice provided for any such meeting include a statement as to approximately at what point during the meeting public comment will be received. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103756D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2017Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/23/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2223)
01/26/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 2-N)
02/02/2017Tabled in General Laws