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Find out more about that we are tracking during 2016.


The 2017 General Assembly Session will take place from January 11 to February 25. Throughout that time, PEC will work to review and weigh in on relevant legislation. To read more about legislation we are paying attention to during Session, take a look at the information below. As always, we'd encourage you to reach out to your Delegate and Senator and let them know what issues you care about. 

If you're not sure who your Delegate and Senator are, use this Who's My Legislator? link.

Email Alerts we've sent out this session:

12/20/16: General Assembly eyes further cuts to land conservation


Virginia operates on a biennial budget of which, we are in the second year. The Governor introduced his amendments to the budget in December. While our focus was on changes to the conservation grant programs and the Land Preservation Tax Credit, we were also concerned by the lack of funding provided for Agricultural Best Management Programs (Ag BMPs). That introduced budget became the foundation for the House and Senate Budget bills. Below is a brief description of the differences between the two budget bills.

The Virginia General Assembly will kick off on January 11, 2017, and with a budget shortfall weighing heavily on the minds of our legislators, a lot of cuts are being discussed. Of particular concern is HB 1470, which would substantially reduce the tax incentives for land conservation. This text was is a modified version of an email alert we sent out on December 20, 2016.

HB 1470, which would significantly cut Virginia’s successful land conservation incentive, was tabled in subcommittee on Wednesday, January 18.

Find out more about the 2016 Virginia General Assembly legislation that PEC is tracking related to Land Conservation.

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