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Friday, November 8, 2013

Do You Know How a Bill Becomes a Law in Virginia?

 
Are you ready for the upcoming 2014 Virginia General Assembly session that begins on Wednesday January 8, 2014 in Richmond Virginia? 

Do you know what happens at the annual General Assembly?  It is where proposed State Legislation (bills) are debated and voted on by elected officials and is either stopped mid-way through the process or succeeds and are sent to the Governor to be signed into law or vetoed.

Do you know the process? Here it is:
 
 
 * Rules for Delegates and Senators Voting on a Bill:
A Legislator can change their vote for up to 30 minutes AFTER the Sub- Committee or Full-Committee meeting adjourns. So all the witnesses, speakers and the press are gone and a Delegate or Senator can renege on their original vote as long as it does NOT change the outcome.