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., 06/23/2017
E.g., 06/23/2017
Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proceeding for enforcement. HB334 Brenda L. Pogge 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
Changes for establishing a public charter school HB565 L. Scott Lingamfelter 02/16/2016
House: Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Education Innovation House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 4-N) House: Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 9-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105272D-H1 House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105272D-H1 House: Amendment by Delegate Albo agreed to (66-Y 28-N) House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB565EH1 ouse - committee substitute with amendment HB565EH1 House: Printed as engrossed 16105272D-EH1 House: Read third time and defeated by House (46-Y 53-N) House: Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House House: Passed by for the day House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to House: Rereferred to Education House: Left in Education
Monitor
Invasion of privacy; civil action, damages, attorney fees and costs HB269 Mark L. Cole 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Subcommittee Criminal Law Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
Disposable plastic shopping bags; local option to prohibit distribution HB 288 Gordon C. Helsel, Jr. 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns Subcommittee #1 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to library records of minors. HB336 Brenda L. Pogge 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
Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs HB1141 C. Matthew Fariss 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice sub: Criminal Law Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
Prince William County Metrorail Improvement District HB826 Luke E. Torian 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Transportation Assigned Subcommittee #3 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote 6 House: Left in Transportation
Monitor
FOIA; exclusion pursuant to nondisclosure agreement; building permits; site plans. HB383 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
Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation, etc. HB300 Marcus B. Simon 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Assigned to Subcommittee #4. House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
FOIA; record exclusions; rule of redaction; no weight accorded HB985 David E. Yancey 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
Support
Invasion of privacy; civil action, damages, attorney fees and costs HB878 Timothy D. Hugo 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House sub: Criminal Law Assigned to sub: Civil Law House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
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; 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
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
Foreclosure advertisements; posted at courthouse and on circuit court website SB560 Thomas K. Norment 02/15/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (8-Y 7-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed by for the day Senate: Passed by for the day Senate: Passed by for the day Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of amendments waived Senate: Committee amendments agreed to Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB560E Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed by temporarily Senate: Defeated by Senate (17-Y 21-N)
Oppose
Va Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to DMME SB706 A. Benton "Ben" Chafin 02/15/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Assigned GL&T sub: #2 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (9-Y 0-N)
Oppose
Prescription drug price transparency HB 1113 Timothy D. Hugo 02/11/2016
House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103857D House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor House: Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor by voice vote
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to DMME HB1389 Roxann L. Robinson 02/09/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Assigned to Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 2-N) House: Continued to 2017 in General Laws by voice vote
Monitor
State Board of Elections; meetings to hear complaints SB303 Adam P. Ebbin 02/09/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (8-Y 5-N)
Monitor

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