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2020 Subcommittees

The 2020 Session of the General Assembly referred one bill to the FOIA Council for study during the interim. The FOIA Council also continued its Phishing Study which was referred by the 2019 Session of the General Assembly. At its meeting on August 4, 2020, the FOIA Council established two subcommittees to study these bills as described below.

1. HB 321 - Electronic Meetings Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Coleburn, Conrad, Potter, Rives, Seltzer, Stern, and Wade. The Subcommittee will study House Bill 321 (Levine), summarized as follows:

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; electronic meetings; serious medical condition of immediate family member. Allows a public body to conduct a meeting through electronic communication means if, on or before the day of a meeting, a member of the public body holding the meeting notifies the chair of the public body that he is unable to attend due to a serious medical condition of an immediate family member that prevents the member's physical attendance. The bill also limits such participation in an electronic meeting due to a personal matter to either two meetings per calendar year or 10 percent of the meetings held that calendar year, rounded up to the nearest whole number, whichever is greater.

The Subcommittee will also study other issues related to electronic meetings as needed, including issues which have been raised due to the COVID-19 state of emergency

Redline Draft for Consideration (pdf)

Redline Draft for Consideration (Word doc)

Meetings Scheduled:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 1:15 p.m., Virtual Meeting
Meeting Video (mp4)
VCOG Remarks
Further VCOG Remarks
VPA Remarks
Aimee Perron Siebert Remarks

Jon Stehle Remarks
Jennifer Passey Remarks
Lauren Colliver Remarks

Susan Anderson Remarks
Joseph Swartz Remarks
Elizabeth Bennett-Parker Remarks
Phyllis Errico Remarks

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Virtual Meeting
Meeting Video
Bill draft for discussion
Alternative draft
Draft Received from Aimee Perron Siebert
American Association of University Women of Virginia Comments
Comment letter submitted on behalf of 32 elected women
Comments submitted on behalf of the City of Falls Church Council
VPA Remarks
Jacqueline Wilson Remarks

Abby Fox Remarks
Liz Carter Remarks
Lara Larson Remarks
Amanda Bean Remarks
Shirley Hottot Remarks
Stair Calhoun Remarks
Stair Calhoun Remarks (2)
Jere Gibber Remarks
Jay Sinha Remarks
Lucy Von Fahnestock Remarks
Alyia Gaskins Remarks
Lindsey Davis Stover Remarks
Larysa Kautz
Candice Bennett Remarks
Melssa Dart Remarks
Allison Byrne Remarks
Allison Jenkins/Allison Byrne Remarks
Irina Khanin Remarks
Michelle Woolley Remarks
Natalie Pien Remarks
Heather Allen Remarks
Chelsea Savage Remarks
Julie Jakopic Remarks
Linda Mccray Remarks
Tricia Dunlap Remarks
Rosa Castillo Krewson Remarks
Harriet Hirsch Remarks
Mindy Mitchell Remarks
Shafuq Naseem Remarks
Ashley Marshall Remarks
Katherine Seifu Remarks
Katie Cristol Remarks
Helen Cole Remarks
Arbora Johnson
Stephen D'Alessio Remarks
Vicki Moffitt Remarks
Yvette Jiang Remarks
Annette Lang Remarks
David Tartar (NVRC) Remarks
Catherine Lada Remarks
Kim Keene Remarks
Diana Karczmarczyk Remarks
Nicole Carry Remarks
Bonnie Hershberg Remarks
Norma Kacen Remarks
Hannah Senft Remarks
Kathryn Scruggs Remarks
Lauren Smith Remarks

Amanda Granozio Remarks
Gary Grant Remarks
William Tufts Remarks
Susana Gonzalez
Karmel James Remarks
Mikhael Charnoff Remarks
Margaret Turlington Remarks
Meghan Goldenberg Remarks
Lauren Gedge Remarks
Erin Gill Remarks
Debra Roth Remarks
Molly Novotny Remarks
Cory Weiss Remarks
Chrystie Swiney Remarks
Kathleen Philpott Costa Remarks
Susan Nelson Remarks
Leanne Berthiaume Remarks
Linda Valentino Remarks
Alisa Macht Remarks
Meredith MacKay Remarks
Liz Weatherly Remarks
Christina Goodwin Remarks
Susana Hill Remarks
Ruth Saunders Remarks
Stephanie Oppenheimer Remarks
Remarks submitted on behalf of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women
Elizabeth Lonoff Remarks
Connie Rydberg Remarks
Kristina Martinez Remarks
Maria del Carmen Cadena Almeida Remarks
Jorge Ricardo Bolanos Gamboa Remarks
Sandra Tarpinian Remarks
Melissa Teates Remarks
Ricardo Alfaro Remarks
Stacy Evers Remarks
Douglas Bolanos Remarks
Andy Rankin Remarks
Archi Pyati Remarks
Maureen Devine-Ahl Remarks
Courtney Newbold Remarks
Lauren Miller Remarks
Kelli Edwards Remarks
Andrea Caumont Remarks
Sonia Ruiz-Bolanos Remarks
Paige Halper Remarks
Corey Jannicelli Remarks
Megan Bartholomew Remarks
David Beddoe Remarks
Carl Salsbury Remarks
Lisa Bockelman Remarks
Monica Freas Remarks
Leslie Rye Remarks
Susanna Hamme Remarks
Kristin Stamilio Remarks
Brittanie Werbel Remarks
Jenna Shroeder Remarks
Catharine Rice Remarks
Cathy Hosek Remarks
Ann Smith Remarks
Drew Meren Remarks
Norman Hall Remarks
Barbara Brown Remarks
David Swan Remarks
Jess Stewart Remarks
Karen Akers Remarks
Vee Maddox Remarks
Lisa Connolly Remarks
Missy Dixon Remarks
Holly Hazard Remarks
Megan Radek Remarks
Kathi Robinson Remarks
William Berkson Remarks
Kelly Daly Remarks
Rupa Hicks Remarks
Carrie Bruns Remarks
Letter submmitted on behalf of 61 elected officials
Shea Cousin Remarks
Ann Wyborski Remarks
Mia Tilman Remarks
Richard McPike Remarks
Cathy Copeland Remarks

2. HJ 628 - Phishing Study Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Treadway (Chair), Bujakowski, King-Casey, Rives, and Wade. The Subcommittee will study the threat of phishing attacks using information obtained through FOIA as proposed by House Joint Resolution 628 (Heretick, 2019), 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.

[NOTE: Please click here to view the work of the Subcommittee in 2019.]

Meetings Scheduled:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 11:00 a.m., Virtual Meeting

Meeting Video

Roger Wiley Remarks

3. HB 5090 - Criminal Incident Information Subcommittee

The Subcommittee consists of Council members Delegate Simon (Chair), Conrad, King-Casey, Seltzer, and an additional citizen member, Marisa Porto. The Subcommittee will study House Bill 5090 (Hurst), summarized as follows:

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; law-enforcement criminal incident information; criminal investigative files. Adds criminal investigative files, defined in the bill, to the types of law-enforcement and criminal records required to be released in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Under current law, the release of criminal investigative files is discretionary. The bill also allows a law-enforcement agency or attorney for the Commonwealth to petition a court of record for permission not to release criminal incident information that would otherwise be subject to release, if the release of such information is likely to jeopardize an ongoing investigation or cause certain other harms.

Meetings Scheduled:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Virtual Meeting
Meeting Video (mp4)
Innocence Project's proposed legislation
Summary of National Landscape on Public Access to Criminal Investigative Files
50 State Analysis of Public Access to Criminal Investigative Files
Written Testimony from victim family members Jason Nixon & Debbie Borato

Innocence Project Testimony from Michelle Feldman
VCOG Remarks

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Virtual Meeting
Meeting Video (mp4)
Bill draft for discussion
Virginia Innocence Coalition Testimony
Jason Nixon Testimony
Debbie Borato Testimony