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., 06/24/2017
E.g., 06/24/2017
Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
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
General Assembly; introduction of legislation; recorded vote HB1677 Cline 01/10/2017
House: Committee Referral Pending
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines HB1678 Robinson 01/10/2017
House: Committee Referral Pending
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to meetings of public bodies HB1540 LeMunyon 01/10/2017
House: Prefiled and ordered printed
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to records of public bodies HB1539 LeMunyon 01/10/2017
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to records of public bodies HB1539 LeMunyon 01/10/2017
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to records of public bodies HB1539 LeMunyon 01/10/2017
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
Support
Juror information; confidentiality HB1546 Collins 01/10/2017
House: Prefiled and ordered printed;
Oppose
Prescription drug price transparency SB487 Hanger 01/10/2017
12/02/16 Senate: Left in Education and Health
Oppose
Prescription drug price transparency SB487 Hanger 01/10/2017
12/02/16 Senate: Left in Education and Health
Oppose
Prescription drug price transparency SB487 Hanger 01/10/2017
12/02/16 Senate: Left in Education and Health
Oppose
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to DMME HB1389 Robinson 01/06/2017
Continued to 2017 in General Laws by voice vote
Monitor
Uniform Statewide Building Code; security of certain records HB1587 Campbell 01/06/2017
House: Committee Referral Pending
Monitor
Va Freedom of Information Act; working papers and correspondence exempt.for presidents of higher ed SB931 Petersen 01/06/2017
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
Support
Legislative drafting requests SB969 Chafin 01/06/2017
Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
Oppose
Requests for information by members of the General Assembly; responses not subject to redaction SB972 DeSteph 01/06/2017
Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
Support
Register of funds expended; required posting by localities & school divisions on public gov website. SB795 Sturtevant 12/29/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
Support
Virginia FOIA: Designation of FOIA officer; posting of FOIA rights and responsibilities HB818 James M. LeMunyon 04/20/2016
House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103655D House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N) House: Reported from General Laws with amendments (21-Y 0-N) House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee amendments agreed to House: Engrossed by House as amended HB818E House: Printed as engrossed 16103655D-E House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read third time Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Enrolled House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB818ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/9/2016 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 House: Governor's recommendation received by House 04/20/16 House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (23-Y 16-N) Senate: Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (24-Y 15-N) Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted House: Reenrolled House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
Support as amended
Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board; established, appointments of nonlegislative members, report HB1343 S. Chris Jones 04/20/2016
House: Presented and ordered printed 16103659D House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105185D-H1 House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105185D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1343H1 House: Read third time and passed House (91-Y 7-N) House: VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 7-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (12-Y 0-N) Senate: Committee substitute printed 16106193D-S1 Senate: Read second time Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N) Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16106193D-S1 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1343S1 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (34-Y 6-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Senate substitute rejected by House 16106193D-S1 (0-Y 99-N) House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Senate requested conference committee House: Conferees appointed by House House: Delegates: Jones, Cox, Torian Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate Senate: Senators: Norment, Howell, Hanger Conference: Amended by conference committee House: Conference substitute printed 16106276D-H2 House: Conference report agreed to by House (84-Y 9-N) House: VOTE: ADOPTION (84-Y 9-N) Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (35-Y 5-N) House: Enrolled House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1343ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/28/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 House: Governor's recommendation received by House House: Motion that Governor recommendation is not specific and severable agreed to (96-Y 1-N) House: VOTE: Not specific & severable (96-Y 1-N) House: Constitutional readings dispensed (98-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: AGREE TO (98-Y 0-N) House: Amendments by Delegate Jones agreed to House: Reengrossed by House as amended HB1343E2 House: Printed as reengrossed 16106276D-E2 House: Passed House (89-Y 9-N) House: VOTE: PASSAGE (89-Y 9-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance Senate: Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 2-N) House: Communicated to Governor
Monitor
Conflicts of Interests Acts, State & Local Government & General Assembly, etc.; lobbyist reporting SB692 Thomas K. Norment, Jr. 04/20/2016
Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104228D Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N) Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105517D-S1 Senate: Incorporates SB738 Senate: Incorporates SB213 Senate: Incorporates SB304 Senate: Incorporates SB657 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105517D-S1 Senate: Reading of amendment waived Senate: Amendment by Senator Norment agreed to Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB692ES1 Senate: Printed as engrossed 16105517D-ES1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House: Assigned Courts sub: Ethics House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105707D-H1 House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105707D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB692H1 House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTES (96-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (4-Y 36-N) House: House insisted on substitute House: House requested conference committee Senate: Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) House: Conferees appointed by House Senate: Senators: Norment, McDougle, Saslaw Conference: Amended by conference committee Senate: Conference substitute printed 16106366D-S2 House: Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 2-N) House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 2-N) Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) 03/25/16 Senate: Enrolled Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB692ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/28/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate Senate: Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (14-Y 24-N) Senate: Communicated to Governor
Monitor

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