What is the Virginia Freedom of Information Act?

The Virginia Freedom Information Act ("FOIA”), Va. Code Ann. §2.2-3700 et seq., is a state law that allows people of the Commonwealth to access public records in the custody of a public body or its officers and employees, as well as free entry to meetings of public bodies where the business of the people is being conducted. The Virginia FOIA was originally enacted in 1968.

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1. What is the Virginia Freedom of Information Act?
2. What is the purpose of the Virginia FOIA?
3. Who does the Virginia FOIA apply to?
4. The Virginia FOIA has either limited applicability or does not apply to:
5. What types of records can be requested under the Virginia FOIA?
6. What if I only want a question answered, not records?
7. What if I want a document created?
8. How can I make a request to Louisa County for public records under the Virginia FOIA?
9. Is there a fee for requesting public records under the Virginia FOIA?
10. When does my request expire?
11. What is the timeframe for public bodies to respond to FOIA requests?
12. Can public bodies deny or redact certain information from FOIA requests?
13. How can I appeal a denial of a FOIA request?
14. Can I remain anonymous when making a FOIA request in Virginia?
15. Are there any additional resources available to help me understand and navigate the Virginia FOIA?
16. Who is the FOIA officer for Louisa County?