Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); violations and civil penalties. (SB1554)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)

Progress

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

Description

Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); civil penalties. Provides that in addition to any penalties imposed under FOIA, (i) if a court finds that any officer, employee, or member of a public body failed to provide public records to a requester in accordance with the provisions of FOIA because such officer, employee, or member of a public body altered or destroyed the requested public records with the intention of avoiding the provisions of FOIA prior to the expiration of the applicable record retention period set pursuant to the Virginia Public Records Act, the court may impose upon such officer, employee, or member in his individual capacity a civil penalty of up to $100 per record altered or destroyed and (ii) if a court finds that a member of a public body voted to certify a closed meeting and at the time of such certification an attorney representing the body was present and such certification was not in accordance with the requirements of FOIA, the court may impose on the public body a civil penalty of up to $1,000. Amends § 2.2-3714, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103495D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/14/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1554)
01/21/2019Assigned GL&T sub: #1
01/28/2019Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Read second time
01/31/2019Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2019Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1554E
01/31/2019Printed as engrossed 19103495D-E
02/01/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1554E)
02/01/2019Passed by for the day
02/04/2019Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/07/2019Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/12/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (7-Y 0-N)
02/14/2019Reported from General Laws with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Read second time
02/19/2019Read third time
02/19/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/2019Passed House with amendment 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 amendment BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019House amendment rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House insisted on amendment
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: Surovell, DeSteph, Vogel
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Hodges, Leftwich, Murphy
02/22/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (35-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 4-N)
02/23/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Enrolled
03/07/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1554ER)
03/07/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1554ER)
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
03/26/2019Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2019Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 0-N)
04/03/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2019Reenrolled
04/03/2019Reenrolled bill text (SB1554ER2)
04/03/2019Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2019Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2019Enacted, Chapter 843 (effective 7/1/19)
04/03/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0843)

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