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VIRGINIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

2019 Subcommittees

The 2019 Session of the General Assembly referred three bills to the FOIA Council for study during the interim. At its meeting on May 8, 2019, the FOIA Council established three subcommittees to study these bills as described below.

1. HB 2201 - Forestry Records Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Rives, King-Casey, Treadway, and Vucci. The Subcommittee will study House Bill 2201 (Tyler), summarized as follows:

State Forester; confidentiality of certain records. Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act certain records of the Department of Forestry (the Department). The records include trade secrets and financial information, reports of criminal violations made to the Department by persons outside the Department, and records of an active administrative investigation.

Meetings Scheduled:
Monday, June 17, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Pocahontas Building, House Committee Room, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia
Agenda
Summary

Because one or more members of the FOIA Forestry Records Subcommittee will be participating in this meeting remotely, the public will be provided an equivalent electronic communication means, as required by the Code of Virginia.

To listen to this meeting, use the following information: [United States (Toll Free): 1-646-749-3112 and enter Access Code: 720-724-573. If, for some reason, you experience any interruption in the telephonic broadcast of the meeting, please call (804) 201-7382.

Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Pocahontas Building, Room 400A, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia CANCELLED


2. HB 2386 - Donor Records Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Coleburn, Hamlett, Seltzer, Stern, and Vucci. The Subcommittee will study House Bill 2386 (Bulova), summarized as follows:

Public institutions of higher education; information relating to pledges and donations. Requires public institutions of higher education, when accepting a donation, gift, or similar financial support that is conditioned upon the acceptance of certain terms and conditions by the public institution of higher education, to provide the donor with a written document acknowledging the public institution of higher education's acceptance of such terms and conditions. The bill requires the public institution of higher education to retain a copy of such document and provides that such document shall be subject to the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill provides that no discretionary exclusion in FOIA shall apply to protect information relating to the amount, date, purpose, and terms of a pledge or donation made to a public institution of higher education. The bill provides that the identity of the donor shall be protected only if (a) the donor has requested anonymity in connection with or as a condition of making a pledge or donation and (b) the pledge or donation does not impose terms or conditions related to academic decision-making.

Meetings Scheduled:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Pocahontas Building, Room 400A, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia
Agenda
Summary
GMU Gift Acceptance Policy

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Pocahontas Building, Room 400A, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia CANCELLED


3. HJ 628 - Phishing Study Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Bujakowski, Rives, King-Casey, Treadway, and Vucci. The Subcommittee will study the threat of phishing attacks using information obtained through FOIA as proposed by House Joint Resolution 628 (Heretick), summarized as follows:

Study; Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council; threat of phishing attacks; report. Directs the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council (FOIA Council) to study the threat of phishing attacks on citizens and public employees whose contact and private information is legally obtained as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The study further directs the FOIA Council to examine the current FOIA provisions and make recommendations on ways to address the threat of phishing attacks on citizens and public employees of the Commonwealth.

Letter from Kirk Cox, Speaker of the House

Meetings Scheduled:
Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Pocahontas Building, Room 400A, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia

Recommendations to Address Phishing of Public Employees PII
Current FOIA Exemptions related to phishing
Summary

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Pocahontas Building, Room 400A, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia
Agenda
Summary
VCOG position paper on phishing
VPA memo to FOIA Council regarding phishing study
Draft (LD 0265) for a potential new tolling provision under FOIA
Draft (LD 0269) for a potential new tolling provision under FOIA

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Pocahontas Building, Room 400A, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia
City of Portsmouth comments

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