Helpful Public Notice Study Bill Passes Senate Rules

January 28, 2022

SB 417 (Stanley) directs the Virginia Code Commission to convene a work group to review requirements throughout the Code of Virginia for localities to provide public notice for intended actions and events, including (i) the varying frequency for publishing notices in newspapers and other print media, (ii) the number of days required to elapse between the publications of notices, and (iii) the amount of information required to be contained in each notice, and make recommendations for uniformity and efficiency.

The bill was requested by VACo, VML and the Virginia Press Association and will hopefully provide a much-needed vehicle for working towards more uniform and streamlined provisions for providing public notice. The bill requires the Commission to submit a report to the Chairs of the House General Laws Committee and the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee summarizing the work and any recommendations of the work group by November 1, 2022.

VACo Contact: Phyllis Errico, Esq., CAE

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