Contact: Megan Rhyne, Executive Director
QUICK FOI INFORMATION
Open Meetings Law Va. Code Secs. 2.2-3707 - 3712
Closed: Terrorism activities precautions; some personnel matters, attorney consultations, real estate matters, student disciplinary matters, etc.
Open Records Law Va. Code Secs. 2.2-3704 -3706
Exempt: Some criminal investigations; some police reports; tax returns; medical records; personnel matters; real estate; attorney client privilege exemptions; and working papers.
Virginia Coalition for Open Government
Virginia FOI Advisory Council
General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor
910 Capitol Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Toll-Free (866) 448-4100; (804) 225-3056
Fax (804) 371-8705
Fax (804) 775-0501
TDD (804) 775-0502
Virginia State General Assembly -- The texts of bills from the Virginia legislature are readily available to the public at this site. You can check bills and resolutions or read details on members.
http://legis.state.va.us/help/who_to_contact.html includes contact information.
Virginia Press Association
11529 Nuckols Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone (804) 521-7570
State Sunshine Chair
The Free Lance-Star
Phone (540) 374-5420
Daily Newsletter—The newsletter is published online by the Virginia Coalition for Open Government
Legal Language; A Glossary for the News Media
Richmond, VA: Richmond Newspapers, 1992, 20 pages
The pamphlet is a project of the Bar-News Media Relations Committee of the Virginia State Bar and was
compiled to assist the news media in accurate reporting. It gives a list of the most frequently used legal terms.
The Virginia State Bar
Suite 1500, Ross Building
707 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Local Government Officials' Guide
Charlottesville, VA: Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, 2006.
An excellent analysis of Virginia's Freedom of Information Act, written from the perspective of a government official.
Price: $5; $4 for orders of five or more.
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA. 22903
Mass Communication Law in Virginia
Published by W. Wat Hopkins, New Forums Press, Stillwater OK, 1999, 118 pages
Format: One-volume reference manual. 8 in.
Price: $14.95 plus $1.50 shipping
First Amendment Foundation
New Forums Press
P.O. Box 876
Stillwater, OK 74076
Public Information Pamphlets
Compiled by the Virginia State Bar
The Virginia State Bar publishes pamphlets on law-related issues for Virginia’s citizens. If you would like to order printed copies of these pamphlets, please download the Publications Order Form* (pdf) and fax or mail with payment (when applicable) to the Virginia State Bar at (804) 775-0582.
Reporter's Handbook on the Virginia Freedom of Information Act
Richmond, VA: Virginia Press Association, 2010. 35 pages
This pocket-size pamphlet includes the text of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, annotated with court decisions and references to law review articles. The pamphlet also includes state constitutional provisions, a sample objection to closure of proceedings, and information about the Virginia Freedom of Information Hotline. (See http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/foiaguide.pdf for more information.)
Format: Downloadable PDF Pamphlet, 8.5x11
Available at http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/foiaguide.pdf