Virginia Freedom of Information Act; charges for production of public records. (HB2000)

Introduced By

Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; charges for production of public records. Prohibits a public body from charging a requester for any costs incurred during the first two hours spent accessing or searching for requested records when such requester has made four or fewer individual records requests to such public body within 31 consecutive days. The bill provides that for any additional time spent accessing or searching for such records, or when such requester makes five or more individual records requests to such public body within any 31-consecutive-day period, the public body shall not charge an hourly rate for accessing or searching for the records exceeding the lesser of the hourly rate of pay of the lowest-paid individual capable of fulfilling the request or $33 per hour. The bill also requires public bodies to post on their website or otherwise publish a written policy (a) explaining how the public body assesses charges for accessing or searching for requested records and (b) noting the current fee charged, if any, by the public body for accessing and searching for the requested records. Read the Bill »

Status

01/11/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws Committee

History

DateAction
01/11/2021Committee
01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102399D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/13/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2000)

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