General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly dates from the establishment of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619.

It is heralded by Virginians as the "oldest continuous law-making body in the New World." It was then and is now a legislative body comprised of “citizen legislators,” elected representatives that serve in a part-time capacity meeting full-time responsibilities.

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General Assembly Legislation Charts

Year Chart
2017 2017 Legislative Chart
2016 2016 FOIA Chart

This page covers the 2016 General Assembly legislation as it relates to the Freedom of Information Act and First Amendment issues. The table below includes links to the home pages of the legislation and the patron.

2016 2016 Business and Public Notice Chart

2016 General Assembly Legislation as it relates to business and public notice issues related to the newspaper industry. This table includes links to the home pages of the legislation and the patron.

Recently Updated General Assembly Legislations

E.g., 11/21/2017
E.g., 11/21/2017
Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); proprietary records/ trade secrets; charitable gaming. HB 2178 Delegate M. Keith Hodges 02/27/2017
Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Immunity of persons; statements regarding matters of public concern communicated to a third party. SB 1413 Senator Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr. 02/27/2017
House: VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; Public Procurement Act; proprietary records and trade secrets. SB 1226 Senator John S. Edwards 02/27/2017
Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Uniform Statewide Building Code; security of certain records. HB 1587 Delegate Jeffrey L. Campbell 02/27/2017
Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
Monitor
Juror information; confidentiality. HB 1546 Delegate Christopher E. Collins 02/27/2017
02/24/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1546ER)
Oppose as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; failure to respond to request for records. SB 1128 Senator Bill R. DeSteph, Jr. 02/27/2017
Senate: Failed to pass in Senate
Support
Legislative drafting requests. SB 969 Senator A. Benton "Ben" Chafin 02/27/2017
Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB969ER)
Oppose
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to library records of minors. HB 1876 Delegate Brenda L. Pogge 02/27/2017
Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Virginia Parole Board; exceptions to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). HB 1734 Delegate Patrick A. Hope 02/27/2017
Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record and meeting exclusions for child abuse teams. HB 1971 Delegate James P. "Jimmie" Massie, III 02/27/2017
Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets. HB 1679 Delegate Roxann L. Robinson 02/21/2017
Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (9-Y 0-N)
Oppose as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); training by third parties. HB 2143 Delegate James M. LeMunyon 02/21/2017
House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2143ER)
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council; membership; effect of missing meetings. HB 2144 Delegate James M. LeMunyon 02/21/2017
House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2144ER)
Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; completed unattended death investigations; disclosure. SB 1102 Senator Scott A. Surovell 02/21/2017
House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
Support as amended
Register of funds expended; required posting by localities & school divisions on public gov website. SB 795 Senator Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr. 02/21/2017
House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns
Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); Freedom of Information Advisory Council; public comment. HB 2146 Delegate James M. LeMunyon 02/21/2017
House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2146ER)
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information (FOIA) Advisory Council; terms of nonlegislative citizen members. HB 1932 Delegate Betsy B. Carr 02/21/2017
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful violations, grounds for termination. HB 2402 Rick L. Morris 02/21/2017
Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (6-Y 7-N)
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to meetings of public bodies. HB 1540 Delegate James M. LeMunyon 02/21/2017
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to records of public bodies. HB 1539 Delegate James M. LeMunyon 02/16/2017
Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Support as amended

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