The Virginia Freedom of Information Act ("the Act" or "the Virginia Act") requires that all meetings of public bodies be open to the public. One of the purposes of the Act is "to ensure to the people ... free entry to meetings of public bodies wherein the business of the people is beifig conducted." In three cases decided March 12, 1982, the Virginia Supreme Court examined some of the exceptions to this general requirement provided by the Act in section 2.1-344 of the Virginia Code. This section provides the specific purposes for which "executive or closed meetings" may be held and the procedure for closing meetings for these purposes.
Steven L. Higgs,
The Marsh Trilogy: The Virginia Supreme Court Examines the Freedom of Information Act,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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