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.
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
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