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 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.

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.

Recently Updated General Assembly Legislations

E.g., 03/30/2017
E.g., 03/30/2017
Bill Patron Date Updated / Status VPA Position
Virginia FOIA; limitation on exemption for certain criminal files SB492 Scott A. Surovell 02/08/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Assigned GL&T sub: #2 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (15-Y 0-N)
Support
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; noncriminal incidents and reports SB676 Richard H. Stuart 02/08/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Incorporated by General Laws and Technology (SB727-McDougle) (15-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); time period for responding to requests for records SB678 Thomas A. Garrett 02/08/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Assigned GL&T sub: #2 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (15-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Virginia Casino Gaming Commission; regulation of casino gaming, penalties SB 33 Louise L. Lucas 02/08/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Assigned GL&T sub: #1 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (5-Y 7-N 3-A)
Monitor
Virginia Energy Storage Consortium SB403 Adam P. Ebbin 02/08/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor Senate: Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Prescription drug price transparency SB487 Emmett W. Hanger Jr. 02/04/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health Assigned sub: Health Professions Senate: Continued to 2017 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
Monitor
Advertisement of legal notices by certain towns SB371 Jenifer T. Wexton 02/02/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Local Government (13-Y 0-N)
Oppose
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming, penalties SB 34 Louise L. Lucas 02/01/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Senate: Assigned GL&T sub: #1 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N)
Monitor
Advertisement of legal notices by certain towns HB1078 Jennifer B. Boysko 01/29/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Town Assigned to Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017 by voice vote House: Continued to 2017 in Counties, Cities and Towns by voice vote
Oppose
Advertisement of legal notices by certain towns HB956 Mark Keam 01/29/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017 by voice vote House: Continued to 2017 in Counties, Cities and Towns by voice vote
Oppose
Local government; publication of notices for charter changes, referenda, and public hearings, etc. HB 129 Richard P. Bell 01/29/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017 by voice vote House: Continued to 2017 in Counties, Cities and Towns by voice vote
Oppose
Legal notices; advertisement by locality HB 286 Christopher T. Head 01/29/2016
House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns Subcommittee #2 Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017 by voice vote House: Continued to 2017 in Counties, Cities and Towns by voice vote
Oppose
Unmanned aircraft system; use for capturing photographic or video images, penalty HB737 Robert D. Orrock, Sr. 01/27/2016
House: Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice by voice vote
Monitor
Celebrating the life of Alison Bailey Parker HJ 39 Christopher T. Head 01/21/2016
House: Agreed to by House - Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk Agreed to by Senate House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ39ER)
Support
Commending retired Chatham Star-Tribune editor Tim Davis HJ106 Les R. Adams 01/21/2016
House: Agreed to by House by voice vote Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk Agreed to by Senate by voice vote House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ106ER)
Support
Commending the Virginia Coalition for Open Government HJ91 James LeMunyon 01/21/2016
House: Agreed to by House by voice vote Senate: Laid on Clerk's Desk Agreed to by Senate by voice vote House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ91ER)
Support
Plastic bag; tax imposed in Chesapeake Bay Watershed SB 114 J. Chapman Petersen 01/20/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (10-Y 5-N)
Monitor
Disposable plastic shopping bags; local option to prohibit distribution SB 55 Mamie E. Locke 01/19/2016
Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government - Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Local Government (6-Y 7-N)
Monitor
Eliminates requirement for public utility to publish notice of a proposed rate increase in a newspaper. Allows contact by email or mail with customers HB611 Robert B. Bell 01/12/2016
House: Committee referral pending
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