Virginia Freedom of Information Act; amends definition of meeting, provisions of Act. (SB36)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


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 HB 818. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, this legislation is not expected to have a state fiscal impact.

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12/16/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102327D
12/16/2023Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/15/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB36)
01/24/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2024Committee substitute printed 24105430D-S1
01/26/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2024Read second time
01/29/2024Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105430D-S1
01/29/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB36S1
01/30/2024Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB36S1)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/14/2024Assigned GL sub: Procurement/Open Government
02/20/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/22/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Committee substitute printed 24107940D-H1
02/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB36H1)
02/26/2024Read second time
02/27/2024Read third time
02/27/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107940D-H1
02/27/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB36H1
02/27/2024Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/27/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024House insisted on substitute
03/01/2024House requested conference committee
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2024Senators: Locke, McPike, Stuart
03/06/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2024Delegates: Carr, McClure, Wiley
03/07/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2024Conference substitute printed 24108910D-S2
03/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB36S2)
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB36ER)
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
03/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB36ER)
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 756 (effective 7/1/24)

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