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., 03/29/2017
E.g., 03/29/2017
Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
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
Oppose
Voter referendum; independent redistricting commission SB191 John C. Miller 02/23/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 2-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time and engrossed Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections House: Assigned P & E sub: Elections House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Monitor
Dissemination of criminal history record information; civil actions SB534 Scott A. Surovell 02/22/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 7-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105390D-S1 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB534S1 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House: Assigned App. sub: Civil Law House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Oppose as amended
Celebrating the life of John Stewart Bryan III SJ149 A. Donald McEachin 02/19/2016
Senate: Presented 16104921D Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk Senate: Engrossed by Senate Senate: Agreed to by Senate House: Received House: Laid on Speaker's table House: Agreed to by House Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ149ER)
Support
Celebrating the life of John Stewart Bryan III HR130 G. Manoli Loupassi 02/19/2016
House: Presented and laid on Speaker's table 16105082D House: Engrossed by House House: Agreed to by House House: Bill text as passed House (HR130ER)
Support
Audio recordings of closed meetings required HB800 Rick L. Morris 02/18/2016
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 (11-Y 10-N) House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations House: Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay House: Left in Appropriations
Support
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation, etc. SB67 Jennifer T. Wexton 02/18/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 4-N) Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 4-N) Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time and engrossed Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Monitor
Advertisement of legal notices by certain towns SB251 Richard H. Black 02/17/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government Senate: Left in Local Government
Oppose
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; right to speak at open meetings HB698 Kaye Kory 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
Local or regional public bodies; public comment HB757 Robert B. Bell 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; misdemeanor violations; penalty. HB 61 Rick L. Morris 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
HB 280 Site plans; submission for approval by local planning commission, Freedom of Information Act HB 280 Robert G. Marshall 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
Receipt and publication of illegally obtained information HB 272 David Albo 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House: Assigned to Subcommittee Criminal Law Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
Unmanned aircraft system; use during commission of a crime, penalty. HB89 Mark L. Cole 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House: Assigned to Subcommittee Criminal Law House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
HB 281 FOIA; exclusion pursuant to nondisclosure agreement, building permits HB 281 Robert G. Marshall 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
Public access to certain criminal investigative files HB432 Ronald A. Villanueva 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Support
Unmanned aircraft system; use for surveillance, penalty. HB561 L. Scott Lingamfelter 02/16/2016
House: Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
HB 282 FOIA; exclusion pursuant to nondisclosure agreement HB 282 Robert G. Marshall 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
Use of unmanned aircraft to trespass; penalty. HB538 J. Randall Minchew 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of JusticeHouse: Assigned to Subcommittee Criminal Law House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
6-month moratorium on oyster leases in 2 areas of Virginia Beach. HB640 Jason S. Miyares 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chesapeake Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Monitor

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