SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter joins groups in calling for reversal of Senate rule restricting journalists

The Virginia Senate this week has decided to move the public's business farther from the public. The Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Virginia Press Association, and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government are disappointed by Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment's action to refuse to allow journalists onto the Senate … Continue reading SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter joins groups in calling for reversal of Senate rule restricting journalists

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State Board of Elections pushes back campaign finance report deadline

Despite opposition from journalism and open government groups, the Virginia State Board of Elections has pushed back the deadline for campaign finance reports to 11:59 p.m. The reports used to be due at 5 p.m. before complains from politicians. “While the change makes it easier for those who file, it makes it more difficult for … Continue reading State Board of Elections pushes back campaign finance report deadline

Sunshine Week program rescheduled, date TBA

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather in Richmond and areas north, we are working on a new date for tonight's Sunshine Week event. Thanks for you patience, and we'll update as soon as we have new details. - Pat Kane In celebration of Sunshine Week 2014, SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter members and friends are invited to … Continue reading Sunshine Week program rescheduled, date TBA

Public notice bill fails

House Bill 95, which would have stripped public notices from newspapers and shifted them to local government websites, died in subcommittee this morning. The bill, filed by Del. Chris Head, R-Roanoke, was opposed by the Virginia Press Association and SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter as a matter of the public's right to know. The bill failed … Continue reading Public notice bill fails

Registration Open for AP Day at the Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 4

SPJ members are invited to hear from the governor-elect and also question experts about the Affordable Care Act and other health care issues at this year’s Virginia AP Day at the Capital, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe is confirmed as our lunch speaker. We’ll also have a panel … Continue reading Registration Open for AP Day at the Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 4

Public notice bills: SPJVA works to protect right to know

The Virginia Pro chapter of SPJ was active during the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly, working to defeat public notice legislation that would curtail the public’s right to know. The Code of Virginia requires the publication of public notices for a number of government activities, including requests for proposals for building projects, zoning … Continue reading Public notice bills: SPJVA works to protect right to know

Elimination of physical quorum rule proposed

The FOIA Council subcommittee is considering whether to recommend eliminating the requirement that state or local bodies have a quorum physically present when doing business. Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said that her group opposes the proposed change. Current FOIA rules say state agencies must have a quorum in … Continue reading Elimination of physical quorum rule proposed