General Assembly

Find out more about what we are tracking during Virginia’s annual legislative session.

Virginia House chamber
Photo by Marco Sánchez

The 2021 General Assembly Session kicked off on Wednesday, January 13.

The Virginia General Assembly moves very fast. Please sign up for PEC email alerts or follow us on Facebook to help keep track of the many bills under consideration. You can also find copies of our email alerts and action campaigns below.

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

Updates from the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session:

  • 2/18/21: Good news! HJ 527, a study resolution we helped draft related to the sale of invasive plants, has passed the house and senate and is on its way to the governor’s desk.
  • 2/18/21: More good news! Our priority land conservation legislation, HB 1760 / SB 1199, which preserves the integrity of all existing conservation easements has passed and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

In addition, check out the following resources:

Virginia Conservation Network (VCN)

PEC coordinates with our partners at the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) on important statewide environmental issues. Please visit their website for updates on legislation impacting the environment across the state — everything from clean energy and renewables, to menhaden and Metro funding. Read more >>

More About the General Assembly….

The Virginia General Assembly is the legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its bicameral body consists of the Virginia House of Delegates, with 100 members, and the Senate of Virginia, with 40 members. Learn more >>


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General Assembly Update & Action Alert – Week 3

I want to start by reporting some good news, and then follow it with a request for you to take action on two budget amendments—one to increase farmland protection and the other to address a critical lack of representation within Virginia’s cultural resource database ...
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Action Alert: Righting a Wrong – Help Bring Untold Histories to Light

Preserving historic resources is crucial to understanding our nation’s history. However, historic resources related to African-American and indigenous communities are woefully underrepresented in Virginia’s state database. This has resulted in important resources being overlooked or worse yet, irretrievably lost, and has meant these communities are rarely included as part of ...
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Action Alert: Protecting Farmland Now and For the Future

Farmland lost is farmland lost forever. Budget amendment 97 #2h (Gooditis) would provide an additional $2 million to the Farmland Preservation Fund grant program (current funding is only $250,000), providing much-needed matching funds and encouraging other localities to adopt Purchase of Development Rights programs of their own ...
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Support SB 1199 and Reject the Proposed Floor Substitute

Good news! On Tuesday, January 26, Senator Stuart's attempt at a floor substitute for SB 1199 was defeated. This allowed the bill that came out of full committee to proceed to a floor vote. On Wednesday, January 27, SB 1199 was read a third time and passed the Senate on ...
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Take Action in Support of Land Conservation Legislation

Ask your elected officials to support bipartisan legislation that would strengthen conservation easements - HB 1760 and SB 1199 ...
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