FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
June 2, 2003
2:00 p.m. House Room D
General Assembly BuildingSUGGESTED AGENDA
to Order and introduction of members.
2. Consideration of bills referred by General Assembly to
the Council for study; appointment of subcommittees.
NUMBER: House Bill 1649
PATRON: Marshall, R.G.
SUMMARY: Freedom of Information Act; charges. Provides
that if a requester specifies in writing that he desires
to be notified if the charges for his request exceed a specified
amount, the public body shall suspend processing the request
and notify the requester if the public body determines that
the charges will exceed the specified amount. The period
within which the public body shall respond under this section
shall be tolled for the amount of time that elapses between
the notice by the public body and the response of the requester.
NUMBER: House Bill 1797
SUMMARY: Freedom of Information Act; closed meetings;
disclosure of closed meeting discussions. Provides that
a public body may, by agreement of a majority of its members,
adopt a rule prohibiting and providing appropriate sanctions
for the disclosure by any member of information discussed
in a closed meeting of the public body lawfully convened
in accordance with § 2.2-3711 and § 2.2-3712 until
such time as the subject of the closed meeting is made public
by the public body.
NUMBER: House Bill 2626
SUMMARY: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); requests
by inmates. Removes the provision that denies access
to records to persons incarcerated in any state, local or
federal correctional facility. As a result, inmates will
have a right of access to records under FOIA.
NUMBER: House Bill 2664
PATRON: Jones, S.C.
SUMMARY: Freedom of Information Act; closed meeting procedures;
notice. Provides that the notice provisions of the Freedom
of Information Act shall not apply to closed meetings of
any public body held solely for the purpose of taking testimony
or the presentation of evidence concerning the disciplining
of any student or employee of any state school system. Currently,
notice is not required for closed meetings of any public
body held solely for the purpose of interviewing candidates
for the position of chief administrative officer.
NUMBER: House Bill 2665
PATRON: Jones, S.C.
SUMMARY: Freedom of Information Act; closed meetings
to discuss threats to public safety. Expands the closed
meeting exemption for discussions relating to terrorist
activity to include other types of threats to the public
and the Freedom of Information Act; UsingTechnology and Complying
with the Law.
Diane Horvath, Office of the Secretary of Technology.
FOIA Requirements and the Virginia Public Records Act. Maria
J.K. Everett, Executive Director, FOIA Council.
R. Edward Houck, Vice-chair
S. Chris Jones
Stewart Bryan, III
M. Moncure, Jr.
H. Hallock, Jr.
M. Miller, Jr.
J.K. Everett, Executive Director
Lisa Wallmeyer, Assistant Director
The joint subcommittee’s
web site is: http://foiacouncil.dls.virginia.gov. To assist
us in providing Internet dissemination of materials, joint
subcommittee presenters are requested to submit written comments
and handouts in electronic format by (i) e-mail to staff prior
to meetings or (ii) diskette furnished to staff at meetings.
Presenters are also requested to bring 20 copies of their
remarks or handouts to meetings. These copies will be provided
to joint subcommittee members and the public.