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FOIA penalty bill amended in conference committee

SB 1554 (Surovell) allows a court to add an additional penalty when a public record cannot be produced because it was altered or destroyed in order to avoid FOIA provisions. As amended in conference and passed by both chambers the bill also provides that if an improper closed session was held, and the local government attorney was present, that the court may impose a penalty of up to $1,000.

VACo Contact: Phyllis Errico, Esq., CAE

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