Virginia Freedom of Information Act; training requirements for local elected officials. (SB1431)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; training requirements; proceedings for enforcement. Requires the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council or the local government attorney to provide, and local elected officials to complete, an online training session on the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The bill requires local elected officials to complete such training at least once every two years while they are in office. The bill also eliminates the three-day notice requirement for an expedited hearing on a petition for mandamus or injunction where violations relating to the open meeting requirements of the Act are alleged. The requirement of the bill for online training for local officials has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103021D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/21/2019Assigned GL&T sub: #1
01/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1431)
01/28/2019Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Committee substitute printed 19104893D-S1
01/28/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1431S1)
01/31/2019Reported from Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read second time
02/05/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19104893D-S1
02/05/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1431S1
02/05/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Placed on Calendar
02/08/2019Read first time
02/08/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/2019Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/12/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/14/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/14/2019Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Read second time
02/19/2019Read third time
02/19/2019Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/2019Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/19/2019Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019House amendments rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House insisted on amendments
02/21/2019House requested conference committee
02/21/2019Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Obenshain, DeSteph, Mason
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Hodges, Davis, Hope
02/22/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/22/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1431ER)
03/07/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1431ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 531 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0531)