Committees/Subcommittees/Special Commissions

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-10-05

Study commission appointed to advise public body is also a public body. Public body may impose restrictions on placement and use of recording devices, but may not prohibit recording.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-20-04

Because they are performing a delegated duty of the county service authority as a whole, meetings of the county service authority's customer dispute process are open.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-12-04

A meeting between chair and vice chair of both board of supervisors and school board is not subject to FOIA if those members were not specifcally designated as a committee of their respective boards.

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-20-01

Two-person subcommittee is a public body subject to FOIA.

Shenandoah Publishing House v. Warren County School Board

FOIA violations made in good faith do not require the imposition of civil penalties

Attorney General's Opinion 1990 #008

The two members of a seven-member board, and the two members of a seven-member council, joining to discuss mutual governmental business are both committees and must comply with FOIA's meeting procedures.

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 1982-83 #712

Virginia Equaly Employment Opportunity Committee may not meet as a body with employees regarding a specific complaint in executive session.

Attorney General's Opinion 1981-82 #437

Committees established by bodies subject to FOIA (in this case, the curriculum study committee of a school board) must also comply with the Act.


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