Published by the
Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc.
The University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
The LGA, together with the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, publishes The Local Government Officials' Guide to the Freedom of Information Act every 4 or 5 years as a service to local government. The 40-page, soft cover 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 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.
Written and edited by a long-time local government practitioner Roger C. Wiley, Esq., The Local Government Officials' Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 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 resources of FOIA information?
Each LGA member locality or law firm has received one copy free of charge. Additional copies are available for $5 per copy, or $4 each when ordering 25 or more copies. Payment may be made by check, purchase order, or credit card.