General Assembly

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

Virginia House chamber
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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 >>

The Latest

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Last Call for Conservation

Amidst the general chaos in Richmond, the General Assembly is quietly winding down with Sine Die (last day of session) just around the corner on February 23. While the headlines are focused on other news coming out of Richmond, I would like to turn your attention toward something you can ...
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Help Strengthen Farms, Conserve Land & Protect Water Quality

We are now 16 days into the 45 day (short) session of the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. Bills are currently being debated and amended in committee until we hit ‘crossover’ on February 6 - the deadline for the House to finish working on its own bills before considering legislation passed ...
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HB 2364: A Bumper Crop… of Brides and Grooms?

HB 2364: A Bumper Crop… of Brides and Grooms?

On Wednesday, members of the Virginia House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voted to make wedding events a protected activity under the definition of “agritourism.”...The net result? The bill would essentially make wedding events a by-right activity on any farm or winery. It would allow for weddings of ...
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An Eye on Richmond

An Eye on Richmond

It’s that time of year. While most are consumed with thoughts about gifts for that impossible relative or honing survival skills for holiday parties, I find my mind preoccupied with Richmond and a new General Assembly session ...
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Petition: Don’t Remove Disclosure Requirements For Fracking Chemicals

I wanted to share a petition with you that is picking up steam across the state. It calls on the state’s Freedom of Information Advisory Council - a state agency responsible for resolving disputes related to the Freedom of Information Act - to keep disclosure requirements for fracking chemicals in ...
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