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VIRGINIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA


ADVISORY OPINIONS ISSUED

2020

Opinion No. Issue(s)

May


AO-01-20

Closed meeting motions must include a subject, purpose,
and citation and must be set forth in detail in the meeting
minutes. Votes taken after a closed meeting must
reasonably identify the substance of the vote. Meeting
minutes must include a summary of the discussion on
matters proposed, deliberated or decided, and a record of any votes taken.

AO-02-20

A public body may not provide a requester with a summary
of an existing record instead of the record itself, even when
the record may be redacted, unless the requester agrees to
accept the summary instead.

September


AO-03-20

The records exclusion at subdivision 1 of § 2.2-3705.3 exempts from mandatory disclosure "information relating to investigations of applicants for licenses and permits, and of all licensees and permittees, made by or submitted to" certain public bodies. That language includes the application and materials submitted.. Additionally, unlike several other exemptions in the same section, the language of this exemption does not limit its application to active investigations nor does it require the disclosure of inactive or completed reports.

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