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SB 1226 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proprietary records and trade secrets.
SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for proprietary records and trade secrets; solar energy agreements. 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 services 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 services agreement.