Virginia Freedom of Information Act; FOIA officers, training and reporting requirements. (SB138)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; FOIA officers; training and reporting requirements. Adds regional public bodies to the types of public bodies that must designate a FOIA officer. The bill also changes the frequency for required FOIA officer training from annually to once during each consecutive period of two calendar years and provides that the name and contact information of a FOIA officer trained by legal counsel of a public body only needs to be submitted by July 1 of the initial year of training and updated if there are changes to that information. Current law requires this information to be submitted by July 1 of each year. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100195D
12/18/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB138)
01/29/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-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 (8-Y 0-N)
02/20/2020Reported from General Laws (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read second time
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Passed House (100-Y 0-N)
02/25/2020VOTE: Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB138ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB138ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
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
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1141 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1141)

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