Virginia FOIA; applicability to certain records of the Office of Executive Secretary. (HB671)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) 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; applicability to certain records of the Office of Executive Secretary and judicial officers; duties of Executive Secretary to the Supreme Court. Provides that for the purposes of the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act that are applicable to access to public records, the Office of Executive Secretary to the Supreme Court shall be considered a public body and, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, shall have the same obligations to disclose public records as other custodians of public records. The bill clarifies that the public records provisions of the Freedom of Information Act do not apply to judicial officers or information created or maintained on behalf of judicial officers, but do apply to any administrative records of judicial officers that are maintained by the Office of Executive Secretary and unrelated to a record created, collected, received, or maintained in connection with a particular case. The bill also adds to the duties of the Executive Secretary a role as custodian of records of administrative functions performed by persons employed by him or acting under his direction and of aggregated data regarding Virginia courts that may be obtained from systems maintained by his office. Finally, the bill directs the Supreme Court of Virginia to revise the rules of practice and procedure as necessary to comply with the provisions provided for in the bill. This bill incorporates HB 609. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101929D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2020Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/21/2020Referred from General Laws
01/21/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2020Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
01/31/2020Incorporates HB609
02/05/2020Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (11-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB609.

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