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., 07/27/2017
E.g., 07/27/2017
Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines. HB 1678 Delegate Roxann L. Robinson 02/14/2017
Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (6-Y 8-N)
Oppose
Order of publication; use of electronic medium. HB 1589 Delegate Jeffrey L. Campbell 02/14/2017
Senate: Defeated by Senate (13-Y 26-N)
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); record exclusion for personal contact information. SB 1040 Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. 02/14/2017
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 21, 2017
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); definition of public body. SB 1436 Senator J. Chapman Petersen 02/08/2017
Senate: Left in General Laws and Technology
Support
Supreme Court of Virginia; Executive Secretary to maintain case information system. HB 1844 Delegate Margaret B. Ransone 02/08/2017
House: Left in Appropriations
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); closed meeting violations; civil penalty. SB 1103 Senator Scott A. Surovell 02/08/2017
Senate: Left in General Laws and Technology
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; minutes of closed meetings required, audio recordings. HB 2401 Rick L. Morris 02/08/2017
House: Left in General Laws
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory (FOIA) Council; membership. HB 1701 Delegate David E. Yancey 02/08/2017
House: Left in General Laws
Support
Case management system; public accessibility. HB 1794 Delegate Marcus B. Simon 02/07/2017
House: Left in Courts of Justice
Support
Public release of identifying information of a law-enforcement officer; official investigation. HB 2043 Delegate Jackson H. Miller 02/07/2017
House: Left in Courts of Justice
Oppose
Lobbyist disclosure; reporting by certain political subdivisions. SB 1157 Senator Bryce E. Reeves 02/06/2017
Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Rules (6-Y 7-N)
Support
Requests for information by members of the General Assembly; responses not subject to redaction. SB 972 Senator Bill R. DeSteph, Jr. 02/06/2017
Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Rules with letter (11-Y 3-N)
Support
Foreclosure advertisements; posted at courthouse and on local government or circuit court website. SB 1368 Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. 02/06/2017
Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 8-N)
Oppose
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; right to speak at open meetings. HB 2223 Delegate Kaye Kory 02/06/2017
House: Tabled in General Laws by voice vote
Support as amended
FOIA; trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. SB 1292 Senator A. Benton "Ben" Chafin 02/06/2017
Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (8-Y 8-N)
Monitor
General Assembly; introduction of legislation; recorded vote. HB 1677 Delegate Benjamin L. Cline 01/30/2017
House: Tabled in Rules by voice vote
Support
Real property, certain; orders of publication proceeding to enforce lien. SB 1460 Senator L. Louise Lucas 01/30/2017
Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
Oppose
Va Freedom of Information Act; working papers and correspondence exempt.for presidents of higher ed. SB 931 J. Chapman Petersen 01/24/2017
Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (6-Y 7-N)
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to DMME HB 1389 Delegate Roxann L. Robinson 01/17/2017
House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
Prescription drugs; price transparency. HB 1113 Delegate Timothy D. Hugo 01/17/2017
House: Left in Commerce and Labor
Support

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