Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proprietary records and trade secrets. (SB1343)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proprietary records and trade secrets; carbon sequestration agreements. Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act proprietary information, voluntarily provided by a private business under a promise of confidentiality from a public body, used by the public body for a carbon sequestration agreement. The bill requires the private business to specify the records for which protection is sought before submitting them to the public body and to state the reasons why protection is necessary. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101724D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/14/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1343)
01/20/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in General Laws
02/09/2021Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/18/2021Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Read second time
02/23/2021Read third time
02/23/2021Passed by for the day
02/24/2021Passed by for the day
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Passed House (88-Y 7-N 1-A)
02/25/2021VOTE: Passage (88-Y 7-N 1-A)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1343ER)
03/09/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1343ER)
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
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 298 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0298)