FOIA; exclusions, proprietary records and trade secrets. (SB1492)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


FOIA; exclusions; proprietary records and trade secrets; Virginia Telecommunication Initiative. Excludes trade secrets, as defined in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (§ 59.1-336 et seq.), financial information, and research-related information supplied to the Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) as part of any grant application submitted to the Department pursuant to § 36-139, Article 26 (§ 2.2-2484 et seq.) of Chapter 24, or the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative as authorized by the Appropriations Act from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA, if such disclosure would be harmful to the competitive position of the applicant. The bill provides that in order for such trade secrets, financial information, and research-related information to be excluded, the applicant shall (i) invoke this exclusion upon submission of the data or other materials from which disclosure is sought, (ii) identify with specificity the data or other materials for which protection is sought, and (iii) state the reasons why protection is necessary. Amends § 2.2-3705.6, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/08/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws and Technology Committee


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102327D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

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