Definition of Which Meetings Are/Are Not Subject to FOIA's Provisions

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-13-03

Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority is a public body subject to FOIA. A press conference attended by a quorum of a public body or committee members representing the body is a meeting under FOIA. Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority may not deny media kits to citizens who request them. Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority may not exclude members of the public from press conferences held to announce public business. Employees of the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority may hold a private press conference without violating the letter of the law, but it would violate FOIA's spirit of openness.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-19-00

Parental request of school board for religious exemption (as a personal matter unrelated to the transaction of public business) is proper subject for a closed meeting if the topic has been identified with specificity in the motion to go into closed session.

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 1982-83 #719

Mere presence of three members of a county board of supervisors on a private board of trustees does not convert a the board of trustees into a public body that needs to follow FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1981-82 #436

As long as no more than two members from any one local governing body particpate in a joint conference with other governing bodies to discuss regional issues, the joint meetings need not comply with FOIA.

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 #484

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

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 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.


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