The Virginia FOIA Opinion Archive

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Attorney General's Opinion 1989 #016

Agency not exempt from FOIA; closed-door discussion not covered by FOIA exemption

Attorney General's Opinion 1989 #017

University library not required to disclose; titles of books checked out, references questions asked, bibliographies prepared by staff by request, nor must the titles of books ordered by faculty.

Attorney General's Opinion 1989 #013

Public body not required to compile a record, but must notify the requester within the required time.

Attorney General's Opinion 1989 #012

FOI provision for reasonable fees can't include charges for a public employee to be present during review of records

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #033A

Inmates' medical records need not be disclosed absent authorization from the inmate himself or herself.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #035

Settlement agreements may be memoranda, working papers or records prepared specifically for use in litigation - need not be disclosed.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #030

A city/county attorney's itemized billing statement is an official record and must be disclosed to the extend it does not reveal confidential communication, or ongoing criminal investigation matters, or some other information that may be exempt. Reasonable charge for deletions may be made

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #236

Planning districts are public bodies. Advisory committees and subcommittees of a planning district are subject to FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #033

Names and salaries of government employees making over $10,000/year are public and may be published by third parties.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #034

No secret ballots permitted; recorded votes must occur in open session.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #037

Jail registers are open records, but some information in a so-called 'dispatch log' is confidential, as is some information in a so-called 'jail log.'

Attorney General's Opinion 1986-87 #028

An offer-to-purchase letter is a record compiled specifically for litigation because it will be used in condemnation proceedings should the offer be refused.

Attorney General's Opinion 1986-87 #031

Annexation is not a 'legal matter' within a school board's jurisdiction, so a closed meeting to discuss annexation is not permissible.

Attorney General's Opinion 1986-87 #030

A group that meets with at least three members of a state board must be open. Meetings with mere employees, who are not appointees or constituent members of the board, do not have to be open.

Attorney General's Opinion 1986-87 #283

Record custodian can take precautions to preserve/safeguard records; also can set limits on the use of the office where records will be inspected. Clerk of courtÄ…s deed receipts book and real property appraisal cards are open to inspection under the Tax Code.

Attorney General's Opinion 1985-86 #103

General legal matters are not a proper subject for closed meeting. Legal matters must be specific. Board of zoning appeals is subject to FOIAÄ…s meeting requirements.

Attorney General's Opinion 1985-86 #333

HUD reports are exempt to the extent that they reveal information about identifiable employees

Attorney General's Opinion 1985-86 #332

A meeting of four of a nine-member public body is a meeting even though the four could not take any action on behalf of the board. Committees and subcommittees are subject to FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1985-86 #331

A public body may admit those persons deemed necessary or whose presence will reasonably aid the public body in its consideration of a topic which is the subject of a properly convened closed meeting.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #068

Constitutional officers are not entitled to notice any better or any worse than that given to the general public.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #170

A death certificate, as a vital record, is not subject to disclosure under FOIA; however there is nothing to prevent someone with independent knowledge of a cause of death from commenting on it.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #420

Meetings to discuss employment terms and contract of school board superintendent are properly closed, but the action of employing the superintendent must take place in open session. Employment contract of school superintendent is open.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #426

Where city attorney calls in council members to prepare them as witnesses in a scheduled trial, there has been no meeting. No public policy is deliberated, the individuals were not gathered as an entity, and no action by the entity was anticipated.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #313

Nothing in FOIA or the Tax Code prevents disclosing a list of names of delinquent real estate taxpayers.

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