Changes to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act

From Richmond Times Dispatch:  Along with a host of other new laws, changes to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act went into effect July 1. While most of the law remained unchanged, some governmental bodies can use new exemptions in response to certain requests for information.

Hospitals and nursing homes regulated by the Virginia Department of Health may now withhold documents relating to disaster recovery and evacuations plans, although records showing the effectiveness of those plans following a catastrophic event must be released.


All of this year’s revisions are italicized within the full text of Virginia’s 2013-2014 FOIA, found online at