The Virginia FOIA Opinion Archive

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Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #415

Working papers exemption applies to county administrator, but not to the board of supervisors.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #284

Police departments must maintain arrest and investigative records until such time that the Library of Virginia determines they have no lasting value.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #417

FOIA violation for going into executive session without a motion, and for reconvening, having transacted public business, without a motion. Election held in improper executive session may be set aside by court action. Acts of entity with an improperly elected official as a member are valid until the official is notified of the legal defect behind his/her election.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #412A

Notes made by an official at the Division of Personnel on a federal government report about the operations and policies of the division are official records.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #408

outdated statutory rules applied to boards of visitors meetings.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #409

Citizens entitled to inspect or copy existing official records relating to matters before city council.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #411

Late-night gathering of six council members with county manager, commonwealth attorney and select others to discuss police scandal was a meeting for purposes of FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #071

FOIA does not apply to inspection of bid records; another Code provisions regulates this area.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #414

conciliation agreements entered into by all parties in a complaint with the Human Rights Commission are official records subject to disclosure.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #410

Mere distribution of a letter during executive session without discussion does not violate FOIA, though the letter itself is an official record subject to disclosure upon request.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #223

Other Code provisions prohibit release of information to parents of minors tested for venereal and other contagious diseases.

Attorney General's Opinion 1975-76 #418

Arrest warrant information is open for public inspection, provided such records are actually maintained by the sheriff's office.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #581

School-by-school results of scholastic achievement tests are open records.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #569

Person seeking enforcement of FOIA provisions carries burden of proof. Plaintiff must submit affidavit in support of petition for injunction

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #069

A copy of the county clerk of court's report on fees, commission and salaries is an official record subject to public inspection.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #568

General budget discussions must be public. Public vote required before adjourning to closed meeting.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #582

Body cannot discuss general budget and general public employee salary levels in closed session.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #584

Because it was specifically created by the State Council on Higher Education and is, therefore, supported wholly or in part by public funds, the General Professional Advisory Committee is subject to FOIA. However, the Council of College and/or University Presidents is a voluntarily created alliance not supported by public funds, and so is not subject to FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #574

Meetings between city manager and city council are public unless an exemption applies. Conflicting city charter provisions trump FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #078

Meetings between school board employees and an education association need not be open.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #570

Discussion in closed session about town manager's employment in violation of FOIA because the meeting was not preceded by an affirmative vote in open session.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #573

Industrial authority may hold closed meeting to discuss prospective business relocations provided there has been no prior public announcement about the business' intention to locate in the area. Duty is to create access to records/meetings, not to proactively release information.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #022

Board employees may meet with employee representatives in closed session, though meeting with the representatives and the actual board must be open.

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