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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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

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Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
Mechanics' liens, amount of lien; nonresident notice requirements HB940 Tony O. Witt 03/11/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice sub: Civil Law Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Courts of Justice 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 HB940E House: Printed as engrossed 16101410D-E House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Read third time Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)Senate: Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) House: Enrolled House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB940ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/201 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 03/11/16 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 397 (effective 7/1/16) Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0397) Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0397)
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Data on teacher performance and quality kept mostly confidential HB524 James M. LeMunyon 03/11/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Education House: Assigned to Subcommittee Elementary and Secondary Education House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N) House: Read first time House: Read second time and engrossed House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Read third time Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) Senate: Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) House: Enrolled House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB524ER) Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 03/11/16 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 390 (effective 7/1/16) Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0390) Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0390)
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Internet publication of personal information of law-enforcement officers; penalty HB1197 Christopher P. Stolle 03/08/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Assigned to sub: Criminal Law House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 1-N) House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105289D-H1 House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105289D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1197H1 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Senate: Left in Courts of Justice
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Fantasy Contests Act; created, registration required, conditions of registration, civil penalty SB646 Ryan T. McDougle 03/07/2016
Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16103211D Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (12-Y 3-N) Senate: Rereferred to Finance Senate: Reported from Finance (11-Y 4-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of amendments waived Senate: Committee amendments agreed to Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB646E Senate: Printed as engrossed 16103211D-E Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 10-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (15-Y 5-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105621D-H1 House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105621D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB646H1 House: Passed House with substitute (80-Y 20-N) House: VOTE: PASSAGE (80-Y 20-N) Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (31-Y 9-N) Senate: Title replaced 16105621D-H1 Senate: Enrolled Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB646ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/29/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 7, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 318 (effective 7/1/16)
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Duties and responsibilities of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency HB 1064 S. Chris Jones 03/07/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology House: Reported from Science and Technology (22-Y 0-N) House: Read first time House: Read second time and engrossed House: Read second time and engrossed House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Read third time Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1064ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/4/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 296 (effective 7/1/16)
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Workers' compensation; fee schedules for medical services HB378 Peter F. Farrell 03/07/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor House: Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 0-N) House: Read first time House: Motion to refer to committee agreed to House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations House: Assigned to sub: Compensation and Retirement House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Appropriations with amendments (22-Y 0-N) House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee amendments agreed to House: Engrossed by House as amended HB378E House: Printed as engrossed 16100358D-E House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Read third time Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB378ER) 02/29/16 House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/4/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 279 (effective 3/7/16)
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SB 89 Electoral boards, local; minutes required to be posted on website SB 89 David W. Marsden 03/07/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (13-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Engrossed by Senate as amended SB89E Senate: Printed as engrossed 16100826D-E Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections House: Assigned P & E sub: Campaigns House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Privileges and Elections (21-Y 1-N) House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Passed House (93-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 0-N) Senate: Enrolled Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB89ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 403 (effective 7/1/16) Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0403) Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0403)
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Freedom of Information Act; exclusions for school personnel licensure applications. SB564 Thomas K. Norment 03/07/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Assigned GL&T sub: #2 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time and engrossed Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N) House: Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Passed House (93-Y 3-N) House: VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 3-N) Senate: Enrolled Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB564ER) Senate: Signed by President Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/1/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 8, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 272 (effective 7/1/16)
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Allows a public utility to advertise proposed rate increase via mail or email to customers. HB611 Robert B. Bell 03/07/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor Subcommittee #1 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (20-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105081D-H1. House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105081D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB611H1 House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 0-N 2-A) House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N 2-A) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N 1-A) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Read third time Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB611ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 283 (effective 7/1/16)
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Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; public access to requests for records HB860 Jennifer L. McClellan 03/04/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House: Assigned to sub: Ethics House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (21-Y 0-N) House: Read first time House: Read first time 02/15/16 House: Read second time House: Committee amendment agreed to House: Emergency clause added House: Engrossed by House as amended HB860E House: Printed as engrossed 16100707D-E House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules Senate: Incorporated by Rules (HB1362-Gilbert) (13-Y 0-N)
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Commending Frank Green HR195 Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr. 03/03/2016
House: Presented and laid on Speaker's table 16105911D
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BVU Authority; Board powers and duties, broadband, repeals certain provision HB1325 Israel D. O'Quinn 03/01/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns Assigned to Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 1-N) House: Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (21-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105254D-H1 House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105254D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government Senate: Incorporated by Local Government (HB1255-Pillion) (12-Y 0-N)
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Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to noncriminal records SB727 Ryan T. McDougle 03/01/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) Senate: Incorporates SB676 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105373D-S1 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB727S1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Reported from General Laws (20-Y 0-N) House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) Senate: Enrolled Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB727ER) Senate: Signed by President House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 1, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 184 (effective 7/1/16)
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Public utilities; regulation of rates and service, procedures of the State Corporation Commission SB85 Thomas A. Garrett 03/01/2016
Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 0-N) Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105313D-S1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time 02/11/16 Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105313D-S1 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB85S1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor House: Reported from Commerce and Labor (19-Y 0-N) House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Passed House (99-Y 0-N 1-A) House: VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N 1-A) Senate: Enrolled Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB85ER) Senate: Signed by President House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 1, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 191 (effective 7/1/16)
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Production of industrial hemp SB691 A. Benton "Ben" Chafin 02/29/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources. Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16104923D-S1 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB691S1 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB691ER) Senate: Signed by President House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/22/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 61 (effective 7/1/16)
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Commending the Falls Church News-Press HJ 343 Marcus B. Simon 02/29/2016
House: Presented and laid on Speaker's table 16105522D House: Engrossed by House House: Agreed to by House by voice vote Senate: Received Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk
Support
Virginia FOIA Council; increases membership HB986 David E. Yancey 02/29/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N) House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105479D-H1 House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105479D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB986H1 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (7-Y 4-N 1-A)
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; exemption related to mandatory disclosures HB867 C. Todd Gilbert 02/29/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Assigned Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N) House: Reported from General Laws (21-Y 0-N) House: Read first time Read second time and engrossed. 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: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (10-Y 0-N)
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Celebrating the life of Frank A. Parsons HJ 314 Benjamin L. Cline 02/25/2016
House: Presented and laid on Speaker's table 16105005D House: Engrossed by House House: Agreed to by House Senate: Received Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk Senate: Agreed to by Senate
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Virginia Freedom of Information Act; mandatory disclosure of public employee position and salary SB552 John A. Cosgrove, Jr. 02/25/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Assigned GL&T sub: #2 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (8-Y 7-N) Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105187D-S1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed by for the day Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105187D-S1 Senate: Reading of amendment waivedSenate: Amendment by Senator Cosgrove agreed to Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB552ES1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed by for the day 02/12/16 Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105187D-S1 Senate: Reading of amendment waived Senate: Amendment by Senator Cosgrove agreed to Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB552ES1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed by for the day Senate: Printed as engrossed 16105187D-ES1 Senate: Passed by temporarily Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
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