Virginia Freedom of Information Act; disclosure of law-enforcement and criminal records. (HB909)

Introduced By

Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield)

Progress

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

Description

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; disclosure of law-enforcement and criminal records. Clarifies that the discretionary exemptions contained in the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to law-enforcement and criminal records may be used by any public body. Current law only permits such exemptions to be used by public bodies engaged in criminal law-enforcement activities. The bill also restricts the application of the discretionary exemption for those portions of noncriminal incident or other noncriminal investigative reports or materials that contain identifying information of a personal, medical, or financial nature, the release of which would jeopardize the safety or privacy of any person, to only those portions of noncriminal incident or other noncriminal investigative reports or materials that are in the possession of public bodies (i) engaged in emergency medical services, (ii) engaged in fire protection services, (iii) engaged in criminal law-enforcement activities, or (iv) engaged in processing calls for service or other communications to an emergency 911 system or any other equivalent reporting system. This bill is a recommendation of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Amends § 15.2-1713.1, § 2.2-3706, § 2.2-3711, of the Code of Virginia.

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/09/2018Committee
01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101273D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/19/2018Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/25/2018Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Read first time
01/30/2018Read second time and engrossed
01/31/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB909)
02/01/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/12/2018Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Read third time
02/15/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Enrolled
02/19/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB909ER)
02/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB909ER)
02/19/2018Signed by Speaker
02/21/2018Signed by President
02/22/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/22/18
02/22/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 1, 2018
02/26/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 48 (effective 7/1/18)
02/26/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0048)

Video

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 2 minutes.