Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

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Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Leadership: H. Morgan Griffith, Chair and R. Edward Houck, vice-chair
Founded by: Virginia Freedom of Information Act
Website: http://foiacouncil.dls.virginia.gov/
Powers:
The council acts as an adviser to the legislature and makes recommendations on changes in policy law.


The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council was established by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act as an advisory council to the legislature, in order to better develop policy and facilitate compliance with the law.

Duties

The council is responsible for providing advise and recommendations to the legislature on changes in FOIA policy and FOIA law. [1]

Membership

Members to the council are appointed for terms of four years and non-legislative members are only allowed to serve two terms. The members are only to be reimbursed for costs incurred in performing their duties. The members of a council elect a chairperson and a vice chairperson from among their ranks, who will serve two year terms. The membership of the council is composed of the following members:

  • "Attorney General or his or her designee
  • Librarian of Virginia or his or her designee
  • Director of the Division of Legislative Services or his or her designee
  • four members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates,
  • one of whom shall be a member of the House of Delegates
  • three non-legislative citizen members, at least one of whom shall be or have been a representative of the news media
  • three members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules
  • one of whom shall be a member of the Senate
  • one of whom shall be or have been an officer of local government
  • and one non-legislative citizen at-large member
  • and two non-legislative citizen members appointed by the Governor
  • one of whom shall not be a state employee.
The local government representative may be selected from a list recommended by the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Municipal League, after due consideration of such list by the Senate Committee on Rules. The citizen members may be selected from a list recommended by the Virginia Press Association, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, after due consideration of such list by the appointing authorities."[1]

members and contact info

For members and contact information, please see the council's official site.[2]

Meeting information

The council is required to meet quarterly, or if the chairman calls a meeting.[3]

See also

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