Publication Details

Local Government Officials’ Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

Author:

Roger C. Wiley

Date Published:

September 12, 2012

Publication Type:

Brochures

The Local Government Officials’ Guide to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act was first issued in 1996. This 5th edition of the guide, published in 2012, has been rewritten and expanded to include all of the changes to the act effective July 1, 2012.

The guide explains the Virginia Freedom of Information Act in a clear, readable format of over 100 questions and answers.  Information is arranged under six broad categories.

  • Who is covered by the act?
  • What is considered a public ‘meeting’?
  • When are closed meetings permissible?
  • To what public records does the act apply?
  • What happens if someone violates the act?
  • What are other sources of FOIA information?

The guide gives public officials the knowledge they need to ensure that public business is carried out with public access, to the fullest extent permissible under the law.