To Whom Applicable: Public Bodies

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-34-01

Neither a volunteer fire company nor a committee created to handle the company's finances are public bodies; the minutes taken by a non-public body nonetheless become public records when they are provided to a public body (such as a city council); a non-public body's financial records in the possession of a local treasurer are not public records; a public record cannot be withheld simply because the public body for whom the record is prepared has not yet received it; there is no FOIA requirement that a request for records be made in writing.

Connell v. Kersey

(NOTE: The 2002 General Assembly added an amendment to FOIA reversing this decision and making clear that all constitutional offices are subject to FOI law.)

Present: All the Justices

JAMES G. CONNELL III v ANDREW KERSEY

OPINION BY JUSTICE LAWRENCE L. KOONTZ, JR.

Record No. 001729

June 8, 2001

FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FAIRFAX COUNTY
Jane Marum Roush, Judge

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-24-01

Citizens advisory committee established to make recommendations to the State Transportation Board is subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-23-01

Student government of state college is subject to FOIA when supported wholly or principally by public funds.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-19-01

With the exception of certain statistical information and financial records, the Virginia Parole Board's records are not subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-09-01

As an agency of the county, a neighborhood connections office is subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-16-00

A volunteer rescue squad supported primarily through private donations is not a public body subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-10-00

Virginia School Boards Association is not subject to FOIA; members of individual school boards attending a VASB conference should refrain from discussing public business without notifying the public.

Connell v. Kersey

Commonwealth Attorney not a public body under FOIA. Criminal incident information need only be summarized; the actual records need not be disclosed.

Attorney General's Opinion 1995 #004

FOIA not applicable to private businesses and corporations if their funding is not wholly or principally drawn from public funds

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