Virginia legislators will hear hot issues at this year’s General Assembly session which opens on Wednesday. Lawmakers will introduce reforms to the Standards of Learning Test (SOL), ethics and disclosure, restoration of rights for felons, no-excuse absentee voting for citizens 65 or older, mental health services and a vote on the state’s 9 and half billion dollar budget.
On Wednesday, January 8, legislators from around the Commonwealth of Virginia will head to Richmond for the 2014 session of the General Assembly. Senators and Delegates will represent you so check in on them by taking an active role in the legislative process. Some frequently asked questions “Who is my legislator?” “What bills are being introduced?” Could I attend and speak at a session?” For more information log on to the Virginia General Assembly website: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov
The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days. The Senate of Virginia and the Virginia House of Delegates, both bodies of the Virginia Legislature, meet in the historic, working Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia.
The Governor may call a special session when it is deemed necessary or advisable, and must do so when petitioned by two-thirds of the members of both houses.
A reconvened session is held on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of each regular or special session for the purpose of considering governor’s recommendations and vetoed legislation.
Miss Community will “Keep an Eye on G-A” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with members in Virginia’s State Senate and House of Delegates at 7:11 a.m. as the Virginia General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.