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Virginia Coalition for Open Government (NFOIC Affiliate)
Box 2576
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone 540.353.8264
Contact: Megan Rhyne, Executive Director


Open Meetings Law Va. Code Secs. 2.2-3707 - 3712
Closed: Terrorism activities precautions; some personnel matters, attorney consultations, real estate matters, student disciplinary matters, etc.

Open Records Law Va. Code Secs. 2.2-3704 -3706
Exempt: Some criminal investigations; some police reports; tax returns; medical records; personnel matters; real estate; attorney client privilege exemptions; and working papers.

Constitution of the Commonweath of Virginia

Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Citizens' FOI Guide



Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council
(866) 448-4100

Virginia Coalition for Open Government





Office of the Attorney General
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone (804) 786-2071
Email contact form

Virginia FOI Advisory Council
General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor
910 Capitol Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Toll-Free (866) 448-4100; (804) 225-3056
Fax (804) 371-8705

Virginia State Bar
1111 East Main Street, Suite 700 
Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026
Phone (804) 775-0500
Fax (804) 775-0501
TDD (804) 775-0502

Virginia State General Assembly -- The texts of bills from the Virginia legislature are readily available to the public at this site. You can check bills and resolutions or read details on members. includes contact information.

Virginia Press Association
11529 Nuckols Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone (804) 521-7570

State Sunshine Chair
Dick Hammerstrom
The Free Lance-Star
Phone (540) 374-5420



The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (800) 336-4243 or (703) 807-2100
FOI Letter Generator

Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (703) 807-1904
Request Letter Generator

Virginia Coalition for Open Government
2576, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Request Letter Generator



Daily Newsletter—The newsletter is published online by the Virginia Coalition for Open Government



Legal Language; A Glossary for the News Media
Richmond, VA: Richmond Newspapers, 1992, 20 pages
The pamphlet is a project of the Bar-News Media Relations Committee of the Virginia State Bar and was compiled to assist the news media in accurate reporting. It gives a list of the most frequently used legal terms.
Format: Pamphlet
Price: $1
Order from:
The Virginia State Bar
Suite 1500, Ross Building
707 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone (804)775-0500

Local Government Officials' Guide
Charlottesville, VA: Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, 2006.
An excellent analysis of Virginia's Freedom of Information Act, written from the perspective of a government official.
Price: $5; $4 for orders of five or more.
Order from:
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA. 22903

Mass Communication Law in Virginia
Published by W. Wat Hopkins, New Forums Press, Stillwater OK, 1999, 118 pages
Format: One-volume reference manual. 8 in.
Price: $14.95 plus $1.50 shipping
Order from:
First Amendment Foundation
New Forums Press
P.O. Box 876
Stillwater, OK 74076
Phone (405)372-6158

Public Information Pamphlets
Compiled by the Virginia State Bar
The Virginia State Bar publishes pamphlets on law-related issues for Virginia’s citizens. If you would like to order printed copies of these pamphlets, please download the Publications Order Form* (pdf) and fax or mail with payment (when applicable) to the Virginia State Bar at (804) 775-0582.
Format: PDF

Reporter's Handbook on the Virginia Freedom of Information Act
Richmond, VA: Virginia Press Association, 2010. 35 pages
This pocket-size pamphlet includes the text of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, annotated with court decisions and references to law review articles. The pamphlet also includes state constitutional provisions, a sample objection to closure of proceedings, and information about the Virginia Freedom of Information Hotline. (See for more information.)
Format: Downloadable PDF Pamphlet, 8.5x11
Available at

Open Government Guide from the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press