Senator Stuart wants to re-write the whole thing -- "Reorganizes § 2.2-3706 of the Freedom of Information Act relating to access to criminal records and other records held by law-enforcement agencies."
SB 1264 VA. FOIA; access to criminal and other records.
I wonder if we could get the bill improved to help us? For example, see here:The only substantive changes in the bill are to (i) expand to the state law-enforcement agencies the ability to withhold portions of noncriminal incident information and (ii) allow law-enforcement agencies to make a verbal response for requests for criminal incident information. The bill also clarifies that personnel records of persons employed by a law-enforcement agency are not noncriminal records, but subject to the personnel records and background investigation records exemptions. The bill contains technical amendments and is a recommendation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.
That is, release of incident information should be mandatory in all cases.1. Records required to be released:
a. Criminal incident information relating to felony offenses, which shall include:
But look at subdivision 2. Discretionary releases. That seems to help LEOs, not the citizenry. No priveleges for law enforcement!