Virginia Freedom of Information Act; amends definition of meeting, provisions of Act. (HB818)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Cherry (R-Colonial Heights)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Freedom of Information Act; definitions of meetings and public business. Exempts certain public meetings from the definition of "meeting" under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to clarify that three or more members of a public body may appear and participate in such public meeting without violating the Act, provided that no public business is transacted or discussed. The bill also exempts members of a public body who attend a public meeting of a second public body without violating the Act, provided that no public business is transacted or discussed. Finally, the bill defines "public business" as activity that a public body has undertaken or proposed to undertake on behalf of the people it represents. The bill states that its provisions are declarative of existing law. This bill is identical to SB 36. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104175D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB818)
01/22/2024Assigned GL sub: Procurement/Open Government
01/26/2024Assigned GL sub: Procurement/Open Government
02/06/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
02/08/2024Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee amendments agreed to
02/12/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB818E
02/12/2024Printed as engrossed 24104175D-E
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB818E)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/28/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Committee substitute printed 24108596D-S1
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB818S1)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108596D-S1
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB818S1
03/04/2024Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Senate substitute rejected by House 24108596D-S1 (1-Y 99-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 99-N)
03/06/2024Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2024Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2024House acceded to request
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2024Delegates: Bennett-Parker, McClure, Cherry
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Locke, McPike, Stuart
03/08/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2024Conference substitute printed 24109000D-H1
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 0-N)
03/09/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/11/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB818H1)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB818ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 733 (effective 7/1/24)

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