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

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), 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 provides that the mandatory release of criminal incident information relating to felony offenses and criminal investigative files shall not be required if the release of such information would likely effect certain results, outlined in the bill. The bill also extends the amount of additional time a public body has to respond, in the case of a request for certain criminal investigative files, from an additional seven work days to an additional 60 work days as long as the public body has communicated to the requester within the initial allowable five-work-day response period that it is not practically possible to provide the requested records or to determine whether they are available within the five-work-day period. The bill contains technical amendments. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


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)
01/21/2021Reported from General Laws (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2004)
01/22/2021Read first time
01/25/2021Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/25/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/2021Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/01/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/01/2021Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Read first time
02/03/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2021Read third time and passed House (56-Y 44-N)
02/04/2021VOTE: Passage (56-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred 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)
02/17/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (8-Y 2-N 4-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200329D-S1
02/17/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (9-Y 5-N)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200329D-S1
02/25/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2004S1
02/25/2021Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 17-N)
02/25/2021Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 16-N)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2004S1)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate substitute rejected by House 21200329D-S1 (1-Y 97-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 97-N)
02/25/2021Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2021House acceded to request
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Hurst, Carr, Cole, M.L.
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Locke, Reeves, Boysko
02/26/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (23-Y 15-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (55-Y 44-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (55-Y 44-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2004ER)
03/09/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2004ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 483 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0483)