Capitol Contact ALERT – Call Today to Oppose Harmful FOIA Bill

February 1, 2016

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HB 800 (Morris), which requires all closed sessions be recorded, was amended by the patron to mandate both recordings and that minutes be taken in closed session. These recordings and minutes would be available in any proceeding to enforce the Freedom of Information act.

VACo Members – please contact Delegates of the House General Laws Committee to oppose HB 800. The House General Laws Committee will take action on Tuesday, February 2.

TALKING POINTS

If HB 800 passes – litigation to gain access to minutes and recordings will increase

The bill would have a negative impact on discussions involving personnel and other sensitive topics in closed sessions

The bill could negatively impact a locality’s bargaining and negotiation position in economic development, real estate purchase and other matters if the records are compelled and released

The bill would negatively impact attorney/client privileged in closed sessions

KEY CONTACTS

House General Laws Committee: Gilbert (Chairman), Albo, Wright, Peace, Anderson, Greason, Knight, LeMunyon, Helsel, Robinson, Yost, Hodges, Bell, Richard P., Minchew, Leftwich, Ward, Bulova, Carr, Torian, McQuinn, Hester, Aird

VACo Contact: Phyllis Errico, CAE

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