Water in the 2014 Virginia General Assembly – Resources for Following Legislation

The Virginia General Assembly convened its 2014 session on January 8.

Here’s some information to help you follow water or any other topic of interest in the Virginia General Assembly.  Information is also provided on how to express your opinion to your delegate or senator.

*Here are the Web addresses for live-streaming of House and Senate floor sessions:
House of Delegates – http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3;
Senate – http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

*For lists and summaries of all bills, budget information, committee schedules, live session video, and more, visit the General Assembly Web page at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/membersAndSession.php?secid=1&activesec=0#!hb=1&mainContentTabs=1.

*For expressing an opinion on legislation, citizens are requested to contact their respective Delegate of Senator.  If you do not know your representatives or their contact information, you can find out use the online “Who’s My Legislator” service, available at http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/VGAMain?openform.

*You can find General Assembly members contact information at the following Web sites:
House of Delegates: http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/MWebsiteTL?OpenView;
Senate: http://apps.lis.virginia.gov/sfb1/Senate/TelephoneList.aspx.

*Or, if you know the number of your legislative districts, you can also use the following code to identify your representatives’ Capitol phone numbers: for delegates, (804) 698-10 + district number (for example, 698-1003 for the District 3 delegate); for senators, (804) 698-75 + district number (for example, 698-7510 for the District 10 senator).

*The Lobbyist-In-A-Box subscriber service offers free tracking for up to five bills, and it offers more comprehensive tracking services for a fee; visit http://lis.virginia.gov/h015.htm, or for assistance, phone (804) 786-9631.

*Standing Virginia General Assembly Committees
Committees—and subcommittees—are key to the progress of legislation in the General Assembly.  The following list of standing committees was taken from the LIS Web site at http://leg1.state.va.us/121/com/COM.HTM.  That site provides links to each committee that in turn provide a list of members, agendas, reports, and legislation on the committee’s docket.

House Committees
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Appropriations
Commerce and Labor
Counties, Cities and Towns
Courts of Justice
Education
Finance
General Laws
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Privileges and Elections
Rules
Science and Technology
Transportation

Senate Committees
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance
General Laws and Technology
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules
Transportation

*Water Central’s Water Bills and News Services
Beginning in late January, Virginia Water Central (the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s newsletter) will post water-related legislation (from information provided by the Virginia LIS) on the Water Center’s Web site at www.vwrrc.vt.edu/legislation.html.  Inventories of water-related bills in General Assembly sessions back to 1998 are available at this Web site.  Water Central will publish a final inventory of water-related legislation in an issue following the close of the General Assembly.  Please contact the Water Central editor, Alan Raflo (540-231-5463, or araflo@vt.edu) if you have questions or suggestions about this service.

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