Virginia Freedom of Information Act; law-enforcement criminal incident information, criminal files. (HB2004)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; law-enforcement criminal incident information; criminal investigative files. Adds criminal investigative files, defined in the bill, relating to a criminal investigation or proceeding that is not ongoing, also defined in the bill, to the types of law-enforcement and criminal records required to be released in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Under current law, the release of criminal investigative files is discretionary. The bill also provides that the mandatory release of criminal incident information relating to felony offenses and criminal investigative files shall be enjoined if a court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the release of such information would likely effect certain results, outlined in the bill. The bill contains technical amendments. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


01/19/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws Committee


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101252D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2021Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2004)

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