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2018 Subcommittees

The 2018 Session of the General Assembly referred 13 bills to the FOIA Council for study during the interim. At its meeting on April 4, 2018, the FOIA Council established three subcommittees to study these bills and other issues as described below.

1. Records Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Porto (Chair), King-Casey, Seltzer, Treadway, and Vucci. The nine bills referred to the subcommittee are grouped by topic area below.

Six bills concerning the custody, transfer, and redaction of public records:

  • HB 504 (Mullin) (defining the term "custodian");
  • HB 664 (Kilgore) (defining the term "custodian" and amending current provisions regarding the transfer of records and redaction);
  • HB 957 (Yancey) (defining the term "custodian");
  • HB 958 (Yancey) (amending the current section on redaction);
  • HB 959 (Yancey) (amending current provisions regarding the transfer of records); and
  • SB 876 (Mason) (defining the term "custodian" and amending current provisions regarding the transfer of records and redaction).

One bill regarding trade secrets:

  • HB 904 (Robinson) (establishing a general exemption for trade secrets).

One bill regarding the definition of public records, certain social media records, and enforcement of FOIA:

  • SB 730 (DeSteph) (amending the definition of "public records," exempting certain social media records from mandatory disclosure, and providing that the public body is a necessary party to any enforcement proceeding).

One bill concerning the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act (GDCDPA):

  • HB 1329 (Tran) (prohibiting any state agency maintaining an information system that includes personal information from disseminating to federal government authorities information concerning the religious preferences and affiliations of data subjects for the purpose of compiling a list, registry, or database of individuals based on religious affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity).

Meetings Scheduled:
Monday, May 21, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, House Committee Room 300A, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Agenda
California SB 31
Washington HB 2097
Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, House Committee Room 300A, Richmond, Virginia 23219

Wednesday, August 8,, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, House Committee Room 300A, Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

2. Meetings Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Dooley (Chair), Coleburn, King-Casey, Stern, and Vucci. The two bills referred to the subcommittee are HB 1101 (Robinson) and SB 336 (Peake), both of which would require public comment periods at public meetings. The FOIA Council also directed the subcommittee to study the issue of texting among members during a public meeting, which was carried over from prior years.

Meetings Scheduled:
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, House Committee Room 300A, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Agenda

 

3. Remedies Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Hamlett (Chair), Jones, King-Casey, Treadway, and Vucci. The two bills referred to the subcommittee are HB 213 (Mullin) (providing that formal advisory opinions would be approved by the FOIA Council and provide protection from liability for civil penalties under certain circumstances) and SB 630 (Surovell) (adding civil penalties for the improper destruction or alteration of public records and improper certification of a closed meeting).

Meetings Scheduled:
Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, House Committee Room 300A, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Agenda

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