Virginia FOIA; record exclusion for personal contact information provided to a public body. (HB2025)

Introduced By

Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for personal contact information provided to a public body. Provides that personal contact information provided to a public body or any of its members for the purpose of receiving electronic communications from the public body or any of its members is excluded from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA, unless the recipient of such electronic communications indicates his approval for the public body to disclose such information. Currently, the law provides protections for personal contact information provided to a public body, not to its members; only applies to electronic mail; and requires the electronic mail recipient to request the public body not to disclose his personal contact information in order for the information to be exempt from mandatory disclosure. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101440D
01/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2025)
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2021Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/19/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/21/2021Reported from General Laws (22-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)
02/17/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2025ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2025ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 484 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0484)