FOIA; exclusions, proprietary records and trade secrets. (SB1492)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


FOIA; exclusions; proprietary records and trade secrets; Virginia Telecommunication Initiative. Excludes trade secrets, financial information, and research-related information supplied to the Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) as part of any grant application submitted to the Department pursuant to certain requirements set out in the Code or pursuant to the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board or the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative as authorized by the appropriation act from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA, if such disclosure would be harmful to the competitive position of the applicant. The bill provides that in order for such trade secrets, financial information, and research-related information to be excluded, the applicant shall (i) invoke this exclusion upon submission of the data or other materials for which protection from disclosure is sought, (ii) identify with specificity the data or other materials for which protection is sought, and (iii) state the reasons why protection is necessary. The Department is directed to determine whether the requested exclusion from disclosure is necessary to protect the trade secrets or confidential proprietary information of the applicant. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102327D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/21/2019Assigned GL&T sub: #1
01/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1492)
01/28/2019Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Read second time
01/31/2019Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2019Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1492E
01/31/2019Printed as engrossed 19102327D-E
02/01/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/07/2019Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/12/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/14/2019Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1492E)
02/18/2019Read second time
02/19/2019Read third time
02/19/2019Passed House (95-Y 4-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1492ER)
02/22/2019Signed by President
02/22/2019Signed by Speaker
02/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1492ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/19/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 629 (effective 7/1/19)
03/19/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0629)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.