Friday, July 17, 2015

FOIA Council - Revised agenda for July 22

Dear Members, Patrons, and Interested Parties:

Attached please find a revised agenda for the Wednesday, July 22, 2015 meeting of the FOIA Council to be held at 1:30 PM in House Room D of the General Assembly Building (GAB), 201 N. 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia  23219.

As reminders, the Proprietary Records Work Group meets at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in the Speaker's Conference Room GAB.  The Meetings Subcommittee meets at 1:00 PM the same day, also in the Speaker's Conference Room.  The Records Subcommittee meets at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, also in the Speaker's Conference Room.  More information about the work of the Subcommittees and the Work Group is available at

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

Maria J.K. Everett, Executive Director and Senior Attorney
Alan Gernhardt, Staff Attorney
Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

201 North 9th Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 225-3056 or 1-866-448-4100 (toll free)

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrating Independence

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2015 General Assembly 

96th District, Virginia House of Delegates  July 4, 2015
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Do you know what we celebrate on the 4th of July? The simple answer is independence, but exactly which of the following actions are we commemorating?
  1. Continental Congress' decision to declare independence from Britain
  2. Signing of the Declaration of Independence
  3. Beginning of the American Revolution
  4. Continental Congress' agreement on the language of the Declaration of Independence 
  5. Thomas Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration of Independence
Stumped? The answer is number four. Independence was actually declared on July 2, 1776, and the Declaration was signed on August 2, 1776. Thomas Jefferson penned his draft in June of 1776, and the Revolution began in April of 1775. 

I share these details because I believe in contemplating the circumstances under which our nation declared and attained liberty. Tomorrow I will participate in a parade in Yorktown, site of the final action of the Revolutionary War. Yorktown is home to a constant reminder of the bravery of our founding fathers: the residence of Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the commander of the Virginia militia during the siege of Yorktown.

Legend holds that General Nelson ordered fire on his own home when he believed that the British were using it as headquarters. In today's comfortable modern society, it is difficult to fathom the courage and commitment of this patriot. 

As you celebrate tomorrow's holiday with friends and family, please pause for a moment. Consider the bravery of the 56 men who, on July 4, 1776, agreed to the language and spirit of our Declaration of Independence. Their actions were the catalyst for the formation of our great nation, the United States of America.

Happy Independence Day!
On the Campaign Trail
As many of you are aware, I am facing an opponent in the November election. During recent weeks, I have been attending events and working hard to meet voters in the 96th District. To run a winning campaign, however, I will need your help! Click HERE to volunteer or HERE to make a donation

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the Just Right Party, an event hosted by the James City County Republican Committee. We have an outstanding slate of Republican candidates this year, and I look forward to working with them to achieve victory in November!

Left to right: Mark Matney, Heather Cordasco, Sue Sadler, Sheriff Bob Deeds, Mona Foley, Senator Tommy Norment, Lara Overy, Commonwealth's Attorney Nate Green, Delegate Brenda Pogge, Berkeley Supervisor Mary Jones

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