General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly dates from the establishment of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619.

It is heralded by Virginians as the "oldest continuous law-making body in the New World." It was then and is now a legislative body comprised of “citizen legislators,” elected representatives that serve in a part-time capacity meeting full-time responsibilities.

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General Assembly Legislation Charts

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2017 2017 Legislative Chart
2016 2016 FOIA Chart

This page covers the 2016 General Assembly legislation as it relates to the Freedom of Information Act and First Amendment issues. The table below includes links to the home pages of the legislation and the patron.

2016 2016 Business and Public Notice Chart

2016 General Assembly Legislation as it relates to business and public notice issues related to the newspaper industry. This table includes links to the home pages of the legislation and the patron.

Recently Updated General Assembly Legislations

E.g., 06/24/2017
E.g., 06/24/2017
Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
Celebrating the life of Frank A. Parsons HJ 314 Benjamin L. Cline 02/25/2016
House: Presented and laid on Speaker's table 16105005D House: Engrossed by House House: Agreed to by House Senate: Received Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk Senate: Agreed to by Senate
Support
Voter referendum; independent redistricting commission SB191 John C. Miller 02/23/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 2-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time and engrossed Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections House: Assigned P & E sub: Elections House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Monitor
Dissemination of criminal history record information; civil actions SB534 Scott A. Surovell 02/22/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 7-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105390D-S1 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB534S1 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House: Assigned App. sub: Civil Law House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Oppose as amended
Celebrating the life of John Stewart Bryan III SJ149 A. Donald McEachin 02/19/2016
Senate: Presented 16104921D Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk Senate: Engrossed by Senate Senate: Agreed to by Senate House: Received House: Laid on Speaker's table House: Agreed to by House Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ149ER)
Support
Celebrating the life of John Stewart Bryan III HR130 G. Manoli Loupassi 02/19/2016
House: Presented and laid on Speaker's table 16105082D House: Engrossed by House House: Agreed to by House House: Bill text as passed House (HR130ER)
Support
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation, etc. SB67 Jennifer T. Wexton 02/18/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 4-N) Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 4-N) Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time and engrossed Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Monitor
Audio recordings of closed meetings required HB800 Rick L. Morris 02/18/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws - Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N) House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (11-Y 10-N) House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations House: Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay House: Left in Appropriations
Support
Advertisement of legal notices by certain towns SB251 Richard H. Black 02/17/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government Senate: Left in Local Government
Oppose
6-month moratorium on oyster leases in 2 areas of Virginia Beach. HB640 Jason S. Miyares 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chesapeake Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Monitor
Virginia Public Procurement Act; competitive negotiation, professional services HB1280 David B. Albo 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Assigned to Subcommittee #2 House: Left in General Laws
Oppose
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; use of government email accounts required. HB308 Rick L. Morris 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws House: Left in General Laws
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to certain audio and video recordings HB 819 James M. LeMunyon 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
Local alternative minimum wage HB995 Mark H. Levine 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor Assigned Subcommittee #1 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N) House: Left in Commerce and Labor
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proceeding for enforcement. HB334 Brenda L. Pogge 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Support
Changes for establishing a public charter school HB565 L. Scott Lingamfelter 02/16/2016
House: Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Education Innovation House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 4-N) House: Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 9-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105272D-H1 House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105272D-H1 House: Amendment by Delegate Albo agreed to (66-Y 28-N) House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB565EH1 ouse - committee substitute with amendment HB565EH1 House: Printed as engrossed 16105272D-EH1 House: Read third time and defeated by House (46-Y 53-N) House: Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House House: Passed by for the day House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to House: Rereferred to Education House: Left in Education
Monitor
Invasion of privacy; civil action, damages, attorney fees and costs HB269 Mark L. Cole 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice Subcommittee Criminal Law Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
Disposable plastic shopping bags; local option to prohibit distribution HB 288 Gordon C. Helsel, Jr. 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns Subcommittee #1 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; public access to library records of minors. HB336 Brenda L. Pogge 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on General Laws Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in General Laws
Monitor
Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs HB1141 C. Matthew Fariss 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice sub: Criminal Law Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote House: Left in Courts of Justice
Monitor
Prince William County Metrorail Improvement District HB826 Luke E. Torian 02/16/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Transportation Assigned Subcommittee #3 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote 6 House: Left in Transportation
Monitor

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