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Problematic Public Comment and FOIA Penalty Bills Falter in Subcommittee

VACo opposed SB 336 (Peake), which required that every elected public body afford an opportunity for public comment during any open meeting. This bill would require all advisory work groups or other committees formed by local boards to take public comment at all open meetings including work sessions.  VACo explained to House General Laws Committee’ Subcommittee #4 members that there are numerous opportunities for public participation though the many public hearings held by elected boards. The subcommittee is recommending the bill be carried over and go to the Freedom of Information Advisory Council for further study.

VACo Contact: Phyllis Errico, Esq., CAE

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