Attorney General's Opinion 1968-69 #261
VIRGINIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT - Notice of Meeting Required -
Publication in newspaper within terms of statute sufficient.
VIRGINIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT - Notice to Individuals of
Meetings - Required to be sent separately upon request of individual
concerning a specific meeting.
April 15, 1969
HONORABLE JAMES E. BAYLOR
Secretary, Electoral Board, City of Norfolk
I am in receipt of your letter of April 8, 1969, in which you ask
two questions concerning "The Virginia Freedom of Information Act"
which is found in Chapter 21, Title 2.1, §§ 2.1-340 through
2.1-346 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended. I will answer
each question separately.
(1) "What kind of notice of time and place of meeting is required
of a board?"
Answer: "[N]otice of every . . . public hearing shall be
published generally in the community not less than ten days prior to
such public hearing." Section 2.1-344(a)(7). Publication in a
newspaper within the terms of the statute would be satisfactory
(2) "When a citizen requests to be notified of board meetings, is
it the obligation of the board to separately notify him
Answer: No. Under the provisions of § 2.1-343, a citizen who
requests information as to time and place of a specific meeting must
be sent such information, but there is no obligation for a board to
establish a mailing list for every public meeting it holds.
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