Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); closed meeting violations; civil penalty.



Senate: Left in General Laws and Technology

Date Updated

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

VPA Position


Provides that in addition to any penalties imposed under FOIA, if the court finds that a member of a public body voted to certify a closed meeting and at the time of such certification such certification constituted a departure from the requirements of FOIA, the court shall impose on all members voting to certify in their individual capacity, whether or not a writ of mandamus or injunctive relief is awarded, a civil penalty of $500 each, which amount shall be paid into the State Literary Fund.

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