The Virginia FOIA Opinion Archive


Attorney General's Opinion 1978-79 #318

The transcript of a Virginia Employment Commission hearing is a public record, but it exempt from mandatory disclosure by other code provisions.

Attorney General's Opinion 1978-79 #310

County must disclose salary of county employees earning more than $10,000.

Attorney General's Opinion 1978-79 #311

records of the position, job classification, salary or rate of pay and expense reimbursements paid to officials and employees of the University of Virginia are subject to required disclosure.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #054

School board hearing on budget must be open, though FOIA doesn't mandate a formal public hearing on the budget.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #481

List of county employees enrolled in the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act is an official record.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #481A

Constitutional officers, such as treasurers, have the same rights of governmental access as any citizen.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #493

papers prepared in response to a proposed zoning ordinance are official records.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #482

Honor committee, funded and maintained by a state university board of visitors is public body subject to FOIA. Honor council trials are not open meetings becayse they involve student discipline.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #486

Coupons clipped from a private citizen-paid newspaper ad and sent to individual supervisors are not official records. Any formal petition, however, would be.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #489

Salaries of identifiable employees may be disclosed. Financial interest statements filed with clerk of court are open.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #487

Birth records are not official records. Other code provisions generally prohibit their release.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #309

Master list of restaurant and grocery store health inspections, and presumably the supporting files, are official records.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #485

Prearranged out-of-town meeting of two public bodies required that notice be sent to those requesting it and that minutes be taken.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #484

City council and taxpayers' association may meet together as long as FOIA's notice and minutes procedures are followed.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #492

Secret ballot voting in open meeting prohibited. Actions taken by secret-ballot vote are ineffective until affirmed by open vote in open meeting.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #308A

Chance encounter of two or members of a local governing body is not a meeting subject to FOIA, even if the members discuss public business when they see each other, so long as the encounter was not prearranged with the purpose of discussing public business.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #315

Materials forwarded to individual school board members from the school superintendent are not exempt under the working papers exemption.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #210

Letters of reference are not exempt funder FOIA, but the Privacy Protection Act does prohibit their release.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #317

Salaries of identifiable employees need not be disclosed. Working papers of school division superintendent are exempt, but not similar papers held by the school board.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #308

Three-member committee of nine-member council is subject to FOIA. Public and press may be excluded from a properly called executive session, but there is nothing to prohibit the attendance at the meeting of people who would be helpful or necessary to the meeting.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #316

No executive session under legal matters exemption to discuss advertising contract bid and negotiations. No executive session under real estate exemption to discuss debt owed on property already acquired.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #309

FOIA applies to the General Assembly and its clerks. The telephone recrods of General Assembly members are not exempt as working papers.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #576

Complaints filed with the county human rights commission and/or tenant-landlord commission are public records. FOIA provisions trump conflicting city ordinances.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #305

Scholastic record exemption still allows access to the students parents if the student is under 18, and to the parents and the student if he/she is 18 or older.