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

November Board of Directors meeting minutes

Virginia Pro Chapter SPJ Board of Directors meeting 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 2011 offices of WVCE Public Radio, Richmond Present: Paul F., Brian E., Pat K., Joan T., Wayne F., Caroline C., Guy L., A.J. L. Nicole L. available by phone Old Business: Secretary Pat K. read minutes of October board meeting, approved unanimously … Continue reading November Board of Directors meeting minutes

October Board of Directors meeting minutes

Virginia Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists Board of Directors meeting WCVE Public Radio 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 Present: Paul F., Brian E., Pat K., Caroline C., Guy F., Nicole L., Wayne F. $500 to Jepson School - co-sponsor Gifts for 11 panelists, $20 card to B&N Caroline C. moved, minutes approved unanimously Brian: … Continue reading October Board of Directors meeting minutes

VCOG exec: ’11 session went well for FOIA

Only one new exemption to the Freedom of Information Act made it through the 2011 General Assembly, according to Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. And that exemption is narrow, covering the Commercial Space Flight Authority. Usually several new exemptions pass during a session, she said. Rhyne spoke to the … Continue reading VCOG exec: ’11 session went well for FOIA