The following announcement is from Virginia’s Legislative Information System at http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB1051:
SB 1051 Virginia Public Records Act; availability of public records.
Introduced by: R. Creigh Deeds
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Virginia Public Records Act; availability of public records. Provides that all records of grand juries held before January 1, 1901, and all records sealed by law or by order of a court entered before January 1, 1901, shall be open for public access irrespective of who or what agency has custody of such records.
The bill also provides that any images of records created prior to January 1, 1901, shall be in the public domain and that neither the Commonwealth nor its political subdivisions, nor any agency thereof, shall charge a fee or require an agency, organization, or entity to request permission to publish or display such records.
01/17/20 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105260D pdf
01/17/20 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105260D
01/17/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
My thanks to newsletter reader A. Sharp for telling me about this proposed legislation.