General Assembly

2023 General Assembly Session

The Virginia 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 2023 session began on Wednesday, January 11. View the 2023 session calendar →

The Virginia General Assembly moves very fast. PEC will be tracking a number of bills and providing comment throughout session. Please sign up for PEC email alerts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the most recent updates. You can also find copies of our email alerts and action campaigns below.

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PEC’s 2023 Bill Tracker

This widget will be continually updated with legislation we’re tracking this session. You can also follow legislation with Virginia Conservation Network’s bill tracker →

A few past General Assembly highlights:

  • In 2022, PEC worked with Del. Michael Webert to secure the unanimous passage of HB996, a bill that helps prevent the loss of family farms and forest land by ensuring eligible landowners can participate in Virginia’s use-value taxation program. HB996 specifically addresses an issue in existing law that keeps many heirs’ property owners from being able to participate. It took effect July 1, 2022.
  • In 2022, PEC was a lead advocate for SB158 / HB 141, which established the Virginia Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Preservation Fund. This state grant program, allocated five million dollars in its first year, is intended to help preserve and interpret historic structures, cultural landscapes and archeological sites important to underrepresented communities and tribal nations. The application process should launch spring or summer of 2023.
  • HB206, also sponsored by Del. Michael Webert in 2022, addresses a lack of mitigation standards for significant adverse impacts on forested lands and prime agricultural soils when utility-scale solar projects are developed. HB206 established a workgroup, which on Dec. 1 presented a 717-page document discussing 41 proposals for new definitions and processes for implementing regulations. DEQ is looking to reconvene the body to continue its work in 2023.
  • From 2021: 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.
  • Also from 2021: 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.

General Assembly Blogroll:

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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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house chamber

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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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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fracking site

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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Your General Assembly Update

Your General Assembly Update

The beginning of spring marks the end of the 2018 Virginia General Assembly session. Well, sort of. In the case of the budget, there was no resolution, which means the fate of conservation funding and the general path forward is still up in the air. To address this, the Governor ...
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