Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public body authorized to conduct electronic meetings. (HB1931)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; electronic meetings. Authorizes a public body to conduct through electronic communication means a meeting for which, on or before the day of the meeting, a member of the public body holding the meeting notifies the chair that such member is unable to attend the meeting due to a family member's medical condition that requires the member to provide care for such family member, thereby preventing the member's physical attendance. The bill also clarifies that participation in an electronic meeting by a member of a public body due to the inability to attend because of a personal matter is limited each calendar year to two such meetings, which is current law, or 25 percent of the meetings held that calendar year rounded up to the next whole number, whichever is greater. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


01/21/2021: passed committee


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101369D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1931)
01/17/2021Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/21/2021Reported from General Laws (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Read first time

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