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SB 727 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to noncriminal records.

Introduced by: Ryan T. McDougle | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED SENATE: (all summaries)

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to noncriminal records. Clarifies public access to noncriminal records maintained by public bodies engaged in criminal law-enforcement activities. The bill reverses an April 2015 Virginia Supreme Court decision in Fitzgerald v. Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, which held that a noncriminal record must be a compilation in order for the exemption for noncriminal records to apply. The bill was also the subject of a Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council opinion (AO-08-15) concerning this exemption, which highlighted the need for clarification of this exemption based on the Fitzgerald holding. This bill incorporates SB 676.


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