Virginia Public Records Act; availability of public records. (SB1051)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Public Records Act; availability of certain public records. Provides that upon a petition filed with the clerk, a judge may enter an order releasing any record in the custody of The Library of Virginia that was sealed prior to January 1, 1901. The bill also provides that notwithstanding any provisions of a previously executed contract with any department, agency, or institution of the Commonwealth or political subdivision, any individual or private entity lawfully in possession of public records created prior to January 1, 1901, or images of such records may display or publish such records in any format, including in an electronic database or on the Internet, without paying a fee to or requesting permission from the original custodian of such records. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105260D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107856D-S1
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107856D-S1
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1051S1
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/14/2020Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
02/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1051S1)
02/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20109285D-H1
02/27/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Read second time
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109285D-H1
03/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1051H1
03/03/2020Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Title replaced 20109285D-H1
03/07/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1051ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/08/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1051ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 773 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0773)