Virginia Freedom of Information Act; law-enforcement criminal incident information, etc. (HB5090)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; law-enforcement criminal incident information; criminal investigative files. Adds criminal investigative files, defined in the bill, to the types of law-enforcement and criminal records required to be released in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Under current law, the release of criminal investigative files is discretionary. The bill also allows a law-enforcement agency or attorney for the Commonwealth to petition a court of record for permission not to release criminal incident information that would otherwise be subject to release, if the release of such information is likely to jeopardize an ongoing investigation or cause certain other harms. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/19/2020Presented and ordered printed 20200705D
08/19/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
08/24/2020Reported from General Laws with amendments (16-Y 6-N)
08/24/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
08/24/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
08/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20200992D-H1
08/26/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
08/28/2020Read first time
08/31/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5090H1)
09/03/2020Motion to refer to committee agreed to
09/03/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
09/04/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
09/08/2020Read first time
09/09/2020Floor substitute printed 20201145D-H2 (Hurst)
09/09/2020Floor substitute printed 20201160D-H3 (Hurst)
09/09/2020Read second time
09/09/2020General Laws Committee substitute rejected 20200992D-H1
09/09/2020Delegate Campbell's amendments withdrawn
09/09/2020Courts of Justice Committee amendments ruled out of order
09/09/2020Substitute by Delegate Hurst rejected 20201145D-H2
09/09/2020Substitute by Delegate Hurst agreed to 20201160D-H3
09/09/2020Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB5090H3
09/10/2020Read third time and passed House (59-Y 37-N)
09/10/2020VOTE: Passage (59-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
09/15/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/15/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
09/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5090H3)
09/18/2020Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)