General Assembly Legislation Chart

2017 Legislative Chart

Bill Patron Status Date Updated VPA Position
Prescription drugs; price transparency.

Requires every manufacturer of a prescription drug that is made available in the Commonwealth and has a wholesale acquisition price of $10,000 or more for a single course of treatment to report to the Commissioner no later than July 1 of each year information related to the cost of developing, manufacturing, and marketing the prescription drug; any changes in the average wholesale price and average wholesale acquisition cost of the prescription drug; the amount of profits derived from sale of the prescription drug; and the total amount of financial assistance provided to consumers of the prescription drug. The bill requires the State Health Commissioner to cause such reports to be published on a website maintained by a nonprofit entity with which the Commissioner has entered into a contract for such purpose and to annually report on such information, in aggregate form, to the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations and on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committees on Finance and on Education and Health.

HB 1113 Delegate Timothy D. Hugo House: Left in Commerce and Labor 01/17/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to DMME

Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA trade secrets, as defined in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (§ 59.1-336 et seq.), submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy as part of the required permit or permit modification to commence ground-disturbing activities. The bill provides that in order for such trade secrets to be excluded, the submitting party shall (i) invoke this exclusion upon submission of the data or materials for which protection from disclosure is sought, (ii) identify the data or materials for which protection is sought, and (iii) state the reasons why protection is necessary.

HB 1389 Delegate Roxann L. Robinson House: Left in General Laws 01/17/2017 Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to records of public bodies.

Clarifies the definition of public record. The bill also (i) defines "personal contact information" that is excluded from FOIA's mandatory disclosure provisions in certain cases; (ii) clarifies that a requester has the right to inspect records or receive copies at his option; (iii) clarifies language in certain record exclusions under FOIA that certain records may be disclosed at the discretion of the custodian; (iv) consolidates the personnel record exclusion with the limitation on the application of that exclusion, and specifically clarifies that the name, in addition to position, job classification, and salary, of a public employee is public information as per opinions of the Attorney General and the FOIA Council; (v) eliminates, effective July 1, 2018, the exclusion for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority relating to operating and marketing strategies; (vi) eliminates the exclusion for correspondence of local officials as unnecessary; (vii) consolidates various public safety exclusions relating to building plans and drawings and critical infrastructure into a single exclusion; (viii) eliminates the exclusion for administrative investigations of the Department of Human Resource Management, as the exclusion is already covered under the personnel records exclusion; (ix) expands the exclusion for personal information provided to the Virginia College Savings Plan to cover qualified beneficiaries, designated survivors, and authorized individuals, which terms are defined in the bill; (x) consolidates the various record exclusions for the Department of Health Professions and the Department of Health into single exclusions for each Department; (xi) clarifies certain Department of Social Services exclusions; (xii) provides an exclusion for local finance boards that provide post-employment benefits other than pensions; and (xiii) eliminates the record exclusion for Virginia Wildlife Magazine. The bill also eliminates the correspondence exclusion for certain state and local officials. The bill contains numerous technical amendments. This bill is a recommendation of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council pursuant to the HJR 96 FOIA study (2014-2016).

Amendment:

HB 1539 Delegate James M. LeMunyon Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) 02/16/2017 Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public access to meetings of public bodies.

Revises FOIA's various open meeting exemptions relating to legal matters, litigation, certain museums, and the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority. The bill also (i) clarifies where meeting notices and minutes are to be posted, (ii) requires copies of proposed agendas to be made available, (iii) eliminates reporting to the Joint Commission on Science and Technology when a state public body convenes an electronic communication meeting, and (iv) makes technical corrections to several open meeting exemptions to provide context for those meeting exemptions that currently only cross-reference corollary records exemptions. The bill also clarifies closed meeting procedures. The bill contains numerous technical corrections. This bill is a recommendation of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council pursuant to the HJR 96 FOIA study (2014-2016).

HB 1540 Delegate James M. LeMunyon 02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017 02/21/2017 Support
Juror information; confidentiality.

Provides that the personal information of a juror impaneled in a criminal case shall be released only to the counsel of record in the case. The bill also provides that the court may, upon the motion of either party or its own motion, and for good cause shown, authorize the disclosure of such personal information subject to any restrictions imposed by the court on further dissemination of such personal information. Under current law, the court may order that disclosure of such juror's personal information be regulated upon a showing of good cause, which includes a likelihood of bribery, tampering, or physical injury to or harassment of a juror if his personal information is disclosed.

Senate Amendments:

1. Line 13, engrossed, after party

insert

or a pro se defendant

2. Line 21, engrossed, after the defendant

strike

and

insert

, a pro se defendant, and the

HB 1546 Delegate Christopher E. Collins 02/24/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1546ER) 02/27/2017 Oppose as amended
Uniform Statewide Building Code; security of certain records.

Provides that information contained in engineering and construction drawings and plans for any single-family residential dwelling submitted for the purpose of complying with the Uniform Statewide Building Code (§ 36-97 et seq.) or the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (§ 27-94 et seq.) shall be confidential and shall not be subject to disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq.).

Amendment:

1. Line 24, introduced, after et seq.)

insert

, except to the applicant or the owner of the property upon the applicant's or owner's request

HB 1587 Delegate Jeffrey L. Campbell Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) 02/27/2017 Monitor
Order of publication; use of electronic medium.

Provides that a court may direct that an order of publication be electronically posted using an electronic medium chosen by the court.

House Amendments:

1. Line 26, introduced, after publication

strike

also

insert

may instead

Senate Amendments:

1. Line 26, engrossed, after posted

strike

using an electronic medium

insert

on the public government website of the locality served by the court or the website of the circuit court of the city or county that issued the order of publication as

HB 1589 Delegate Jeffrey L. Campbell Senate: Defeated by Senate (13-Y 26-N) 02/14/2017 Monitor
General Assembly; introduction of legislation; recorded vote.

Requires all legislation introduced by a member of the House of Delegates or the Senate to be considered by the committee of purview or a subcommittee thereof and receive a recorded vote. All legislation reported from the house of introduction shall be considered by the committee of purview or a subcommittee thereof in the other chamber and receive a recorded vote.

HB 1677 Delegate Benjamin L. Cline House: Tabled in Rules by voice vote 01/30/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines.

Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA trade secrets, as defined in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (§ 59.1-336 et seq.), submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy that identify chemical ingredient names, the chemical abstracts number for a chemical ingredient, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well pursuant to § 45.1-361.29 or Department regulations concerning such ground-disturbing activities. The bill requires that for such records to be protected, the submitting party must (i) invoke this FOIA exclusion upon submission of the data or materials for which protection from disclosure is sought, (ii) identify the data or materials for which protection is sought, and (iii) state the reasons why protection is necessary. The bill requires the Department to determine whether the information claimed to be a trade secret is entitled to such protection.

Amendment:

1. Line 258, introduced, after disclosure of

strike

the remainder of line 258 and through or on line 259

HB 1678 Delegate Roxann L. Robinson Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (6-Y 8-N) 02/14/2017 Oppose
Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets.

Authorizes the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (Department) to require disclosure of chemical ingredient names, chemical abstracts numbers, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well notwithstanding exclusion from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act as a trade secret. The bill authorizes the Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (Director) to disclose such information to additional Department staff or state or local officials to assist the Department in responding to an emergency. The bill prohibits such individuals from disseminating such information further. The bill requires the Director to notify the party that submitted the trade secret of disclosure as soon as practicable. The bill prohibits orders issued pursuant to § 45.1-361.27 from including trade secret information.

Amendment:

1. After line 96, introduced

insert

K. The applicant for a drilling permit shall provide to the governing body of the locality in which a well is proposed to be located information necessary for the local government to access the safety data sheet, as defined in 29 C.F.R.1910.1200, for each of the chemical materials and products proposed for use in the well completion process. Such information shall be provided to the local government within seven days of the date the permit application is submitted to the Department.

HB 1679 Delegate Roxann L. Robinson Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (9-Y 0-N) 02/21/2017 Oppose as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory (FOIA) Council; membership.

Increases the membership of the FOIA Council from 12 to 13. The bill increases the number of nonlegislative citizen appointees made by the Speaker of the House of Delegates that represent the news media from at least one to at least two of his four appointments.

HB 1701 Delegate David E. Yancey House: Left in General Laws 02/08/2017 Support
Virginia Parole Board; exceptions to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Requires guidance documents of the Virginia Parole Board to be available as public records under FOIA.

HB 1734 Delegate Patrick A. Hope Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) 02/27/2017 Support
Case management system; public accessibility.

Requires the case management system operated and maintained by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia to be open to the public for inspection. The bill provides that the case management system shall be searchable by party name, charge (for criminal cases), filing type (for civil cases), hearing date, and case number across all localities and that the entire compilation of records contained in the system shall be made available.

HB 1794 Delegate Marcus B. Simon House: Left in Courts of Justice 02/07/2017 Support
Supreme Court of Virginia; Executive Secretary to maintain case information system.

Requires the Executive Secretary to maintain a free online statewide name-searchable case information system of all criminal cases in the circuit courts, general district courts, and adult criminal cases in the juvenile and domestic relations district courts of the Commonwealth.

HB 1844 Delegate Margaret B. Ransone House: Left in Appropriations 02/08/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to library records of minors.

Excludes from mandatory disclosure library records that can be used to identify any library patron under the age of 18 years. The bill provides that access shall not be denied to the parent, including a noncustodial parent, or guardian of such library patron.

HB 1876 Delegate Brenda L. Pogge Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) 02/27/2017 Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information (FOIA) Advisory Council; terms of nonlegislative citizen members.

Clarifies that at the end of the appointed term of a nonlegislative citizen member of the FOIA Advisory Council, the nonlegislative citizen member shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies. This is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.

House Amendment:

1. Line 34, introduced, after appointed

strike

and qualifies

HB 1932 Delegate Betsy B. Carr Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017 02/21/2017 Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record and meeting exclusions for child abuse teams.

Excludes the records of a multidisciplinary team as they relate to individual child abuse or neglect cases or sex offenses involving a child from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The bill also provides an exemption from open meeting requirements to such teams and sexual assault response teams.

HB 1971 Delegate James P. "Jimmie" Massie, III Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) 02/27/2017 Monitor
Public release of identifying information of a law-enforcement officer; official investigation.

Prohibits any public official, public employee, or person acting on behalf of a public official or public employee from releasing to the public any identifying information of a law-enforcement officer who is the subject of an official investigation that involves the discharge of a firearm or use of force by such law-enforcement officer during the performance of his official duties prior to the conclusion of such official investigation or the conclusion of the first six months of such investigation. The bill requires that such law-enforcement officer's name be released to the public if he is charged with a criminal offense as a result of the official investigation. The bill authorizes the law-enforcement officer's name to be withheld if the law-enforcement officer is not charged with a criminal offense as a result of the official investigation and the release of his name would create a risk of harm to such law-enforcement officer or his family. A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill makes corresponding changes in the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

HB 2043 Delegate Jackson H. Miller House: Left in Courts of Justice 02/07/2017 Oppose
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); training by third parties.

Provides that the Freedom of Information Advisory Council (the Council) may approve third-party instructors to conduct training seminars and educational programs for the members and staff of public bodies and other interested persons on the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to a course curriculum and course materials developed and approved by the Council. The bill provides that such training by third-party instructors approved by the Council shall satisfy the annual training requirement for FOIA officers. The bill requires such third-party instructors, as well as the course curriculum and course materials, to be evaluated for approval by the Council annually.

HB 2143 Delegate James M. LeMunyon House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2143ER) 02/21/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council; membership; effect of missing meetings.

Increases the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council from 12 members to 14 members by adding one additional member from the House of Delegates and one additional member from the Senate. The bill also provides that if any nonlegislative citizen member of the Council fails to attend three or more meetings of the Council in a calendar year, the Council shall notify the member's appointing authority, who shall, upon receipt of such notification, remove the member and appoint a successor as soon as possible.

Amendments:

1. Line 44, introduced, after attend

strike

three or more

insert

a majority of

2. Line 46, introduced, after authority

strike

shall

insert

may

HB 2144 Delegate James M. LeMunyon House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2144ER) 02/21/2017 Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); Freedom of Information Advisory Council; public comment.

Requires the Freedom of Information Advisory Council to develop an online public comment form to be posted on its official public government website to enable any requester to comment on the quality of assistance provided to the requester by a public body. The bill also requires all state public bodies subject to the provisions of FOIA and any county or city, and any town with a population of more than 250, to post a link on its official public government website to the online public comment form.

HB 2146 Delegate James M. LeMunyon House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2146ER) 02/21/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); proprietary records/ trade secrets; charitable gaming.

Expands the existing FOIA record exclusion for information of a proprietary nature furnished by a supplier of charitable gaming supplies to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to include such information submitted by manufacturers of charitable gaming supplies. The bill also expands the exclusion to include information submitted by suppliers and manufacturers of charitable gaming supplies pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Charitable Gaming Board related to approval of electronic and mechanical equipment.

HB 2178 Delegate M. Keith Hodges Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) 02/27/2017 Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; right to speak at open meetings.

House: Referred to Committee on General Laws

HB 2223 Delegate Kaye Kory House: Tabled in General Laws by voice vote 02/06/2017 Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; minutes of closed meetings required, audio recordings.

Provides that a public body shall (i) take closed meeting minutes, (ii) also make an audio recording of the entirety of every meeting that is closed to the public, and (iii) use a means of recording that fully captures and can clearly reproduce all statements made during a closed meeting. The bill provides that the minutes or recordings made shall not be subject to the disclosure provisions of FOIA.

HB 2401 Rick L. Morris House: Left in General Laws 02/08/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful violations, grounds for termination.

Provides that if the court finds that any officer or employee of a public body (i) receives a request for records that was sent by a requester by certified mail, return receipt requested, and (ii) without legal excuse or justification, deliberately, willfully, and knowingly fails to make a response to such request, such officer or employee may be terminated for cause by his appointing authority or agency head.

HB 2402 Rick L. Morris Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (6-Y 7-N) 02/21/2017 Support
Prescription drug price transparency.

Requires every manufacturer of a prescription drug that is made available in the Commonwealth and has a wholesale acquisition price of $10,000 or more for a single course of treatment to report to the Commissioner no later than July 1 of each year information related to the cost of developing, manufacturing, and marketing the prescription drug; any changes in the average wholesale price and average wholesale acquisition cost of the prescription drug; the amount of profits derived from sale of the prescription drug; and the total amount of financial assistance provided to consumers of the prescription drug. The bill requires the State Health Commissioner to cause such reports to be published on a website maintained by a nonprofit entity with which the Commissioner has entered into a contract for such purpose and to annually report on such information, in aggregate form, to the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations and on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committees on Finance and on Education and Health.

SB 487 Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. Senate: Left in Education and Health 01/17/2017 Oppose
Register of funds expended; required posting by localities & school divisions on public gov website.

Requires every locality and each school division located within the locality to post on the public government website of the locality a register of all funds expended, showing vendor name, date of payment, amount, and a description of the type of expense, including credit card purchases with the same information. A locality and school division may exclude from such posting any information that is exempt from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Amendment:

1. Line 18, introduced, after Act.

insert

A locality and a school division may also exclude from such posting any personal identifying information related to a court-ordered payment.

2. That the provisions of this act shall become effective on July 1, 2018.

SB 795 Senator Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr. House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns 02/21/2017 Support as amended
Va Freedom of Information Act; working papers and correspondence exempt.for presidents of higher ed.

Eliminates the working papers and correspondence record exemption for the president or other chief executive officer of any public institution of higher education in Virginia. The bill contains a technical amendment.

SB 931 J. Chapman Petersen Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (6-Y 7-N) 01/24/2017 Support
Legislative drafting requests.

Provides that legislative drafting files related to laws enacted beginning with the 1989 Session of the General Assembly are the property of the requester. This is consistent with the treatment of laws enacted prior to 1989 and consistent with legislative privilege accorded to members of the General Assembly. The Division of Legislative Services would release legislative drafting files upon obtaining consent of the requester.

SB 969 Senator A. Benton "Ben" Chafin Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB969ER) 02/27/2017 Oppose
Requests for information by members of the General Assembly; responses not subject to redaction.

Requires all departments, agencies, and institutions of the Commonwealth and staff and employees thereof to respond to a request for information made by a member of the General Assembly. The bill further provides that notwithstanding the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq.), a response to a request for information made by a member of the General Assembly shall not be subject to redaction.

SB 972 Senator Bill R. DeSteph, Jr. Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Rules with letter (11-Y 3-N) 02/06/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); record exclusion for personal contact information.

Provides that personal contact information provided to a public body is excluded from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA, provided that the person providing such information has requested that the public body not disclose such information. The bill defines "personal contact information" as the home or business (i) address, (ii) email address, or (iii) telephone number or comparable number assigned to any other electronic communication device.

Amendments:

1. Line 64, introduced, after public body

strike: for the purpose of receiving electronic mail from the public body

insert: for the purpose of receiving electronic mail from the public body

2. Line 65, introduced, after that the

strike: electronic mail recipient

insert: electronic mail recipient

3. Line 65, introduced, after recipient

strike: person providing such information

4.Line 67, introduced, after means

strike: remainder of line 67 and all of lines 68 and 69

insert: the information provided to the public body for the purpose of receiving electronic mail from the public body and includes home or business (i) address, (ii) email address, or (iii) telephone number or comparable number assigned to any other electronic communication device.

SB 1040 Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 21, 2017 02/14/2017 Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; completed unattended death investigations; disclosure.

Requires that records of completed unattended death investigations be released to immediate family members of the victim, provided that (i) such information is in a form that does not reveal the identity of persons supplying information or other individuals involved in the investigation and (ii) the immediate family members of the victim have been ruled out as suspects. The bill defines "immediate family" as the spouse, children, parents, grandparents, brothers, or sisters of the victim.

Senate Amendment:

1. Line 35, introduced, after d.

strike: remainder of line 35 and all of lines 36 through 40

insert: Records of completed unattended death investigations to the parent or spouse of the decedent or, if there is no living parent or spouse, to the most immediate family member of the decedent. For the purposes of this subdivision, “unattended death” means a death determined to be a suicide, accidental or natural death where law enforcement has determined no criminal charges will be initiated, and “immediate family” means the decedent’s personal representative or, if no personal representative has qualified, the decedent’s next of kin in order of intestate succession as set forth in § 64.2-200.

SB 1102 Senator Scott A. Surovell House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N) 02/21/2017 Support as amended
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); closed meeting violations; civil penalty.

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.

SB 1103 Senator Scott A. Surovell Senate: Left in General Laws and Technology 02/08/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; failure to respond to request for records.

Provides that there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a failure to respond to a request for records was willful and knowing.

SB 1128 Senator Bill R. DeSteph, Jr. Senate: Failed to pass in Senate 02/27/2017 Support
Lobbyist disclosure; reporting by certain political subdivisions.

Requires the governing body of any association or other nonstock corporation that is established by a political subdivision or combination of political subdivisions of the Commonwealth to file a separate registration statement on behalf of their officers and employees who will be engaged in lobbying. The bill also prohibits such political subdivisions from using public funds to support lobbying efforts and requires funds used for lobbying to be segregated from public funds and held in a separate bank account.

SB 1157 Senator Bryce E. Reeves Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Rules (6-Y 7-N) 02/06/2017 Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; Public Procurement Act; proprietary records and trade secrets.

Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA proprietary information, voluntarily provided by a private business under a promise of confidentiality from a public body, used by the public body for a solar photovoltaic services agreement, a solar power purchase agreement, or a solar self-generation agreement. The bill requires the private business to specify the records for which protection is sought before submitting them to the public body and to state the reasons why protection is necessary. The bill also (i) allows a solar services agreement contractor or provider to designate specific provisions in a solar services agreement as proprietary information not subject to disclosure, and (ii) authorizes a city to withhold from disclosure such information provided by a private entity in connection with a franchise, lease or use under a solar photovoltaic services agreement, a solar power purchase agreement, or a solar self-generation agreement.

SB 1226 Senator John S. Edwards Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) 02/27/2017 Monitor
FOIA; trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA trade secrets, as defined in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (§ 59.1-336 et seq.), submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy that identify chemical ingredient names, the chemical abstracts number for a chemical ingredient, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well pursuant to § 45.1-361.29 or Department regulations concerning such ground-disturbing activities. The bill requires that for such records to be protected, the submitting party must (i) invoke this FOIA exclusion upon submission of the data or materials for which protection from disclosure is sought, (ii) identify the data or materials for which protection is sought, and (iii) state the reasons why protection is necessary. The bill requires the Department to determine whether the information claimed to be a trade secret is entitled to such protection.

Amendment:

1. Line 258, introduced, after disclosure of

strike

chemical ingredient names, the chemical abstracts number for a chemical ingredient, or

SB 1292 Senator A. Benton "Ben" Chafin Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (8-Y 8-N) 02/06/2017 Monitor
Foreclosure advertisements; posted at courthouse and on local government or circuit court website.

Provides that, in lieu of newspaper advertisements, foreclosure sales shall be advertised at the courthouse and on the website of the public government of the locality served by the court or of the circuit court for the county or city in which the property to be sold is located, and that the clerk shall place a small notice in a newspaper having a general circulation in the city or county in which the property to be sold is located informing the public of the location of such advertisements. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2018.

SB 1368 Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 8-N) 02/06/2017 Oppose
Immunity of persons; statements regarding matters of public concern communicated to a third party.

Adds defamation to the causes of action from which a citizen shall be immune when making statements (i) regarding matters of public concern, as defined in the bill, to a third party or (ii) at a public hearing before the governing body of any locality or other political subdivision, or the boards, commissions, agencies, and authorities thereof, and other governing bodies of any local governmental entity. The bill changes from permissive to mandatory the provision that reasonable attorney fees and costs be awarded to any individual who has a suit against him dismissed pursuant to such immunity. The bill requires the court to give priority on its docket to any pleading brought invoking such immunity.

SB 1413 Senator Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr. House: VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) 02/27/2017 Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); definition of public body.

Expands the definition of public body under FOIA to include any foundation that exists for the primary purpose of supporting a public institution of higher education and that is exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

SB 1436 Senator J. Chapman Petersen Senate: Left in General Laws and Technology 02/08/2017 Support
Real property, certain; orders of publication proceeding to enforce lien.

Provides that an order of publication for the enforcement of a lien for taxes owed on real property that has a value of $50,000 or less may be posted on the website of the local government or circuit court clerk in lieu of publication in a newspaper.

SB 1460 Senator L. Louise Lucas Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) 01/30/2017 Oppose