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

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


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 »


02/25/2021: signed by governor


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
01/25/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/26/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Passed Senate (28-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1931ER)
02/17/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1931ER)
02/17/2021Signed by President
02/18/2021Signed by Speaker
02/19/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2021
02/19/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2021
02/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 33 (effective 7/1/21)
02/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0033)