Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 Virginia General Assembly Session Begins in 4 Weeks on Wednesday January 14, 2015 in Richmond, VA

Just a few reminders…….. 

How a Bill Becomes a Law in Virginia outlines the process of a bill moving through the Virginia Legislature as well as the short and long session. 

7 out of the last 10 Virginia General Assemblies the #1 Bill Submissions requiring a Fiscal Impact Statement were “Sex Offender” bills. 

To follow proposed legislation that affects current Registered Sex Offenders, creates new Sex Offenders or changes relevant law in Virginia keep checking the 2015 Virginia G.A. - Proposed Legislation page. 

To contact Virginia Delegates and Senators who sit on the 3 Committees that hear the proposed legislation that affects current Registered Sex Offenders, creates new Sex Offenders or changes relevant law in Virginia go to the 2015 Virginia G.A. - Committee Members page. 

Three new brochures I will be sharing with Virginia’s 140 Legislators and members of the public, lobbyists, State employees and other advocates who visit the Virginia General Assembly building during the 2015 session:
  1. October 2014 - Building a Better Registry Brochure 

Do you know who your State Delegate and Senator are? 

Delegates and Senators listen to their constituents and they know if you’re a registered voter or not and if you are a voter then they listen much more intently. You should introduce yourself either via email or with a phone call. 

The General Assembly Building is at the corner of 9th St. and Broad St in Richmond, VA 23219, behind the Capitol. 

Senate Legislative Information and Constituent Services    - 804-698-1470 or 888-892-6948
House of Delegates Information and Public Relations           - 804-698-1470 or 877-391-FACT 

You can track proposed bills (legislation) as they are posted and move through the process TWO Different ways. 

1.      Virginia General Assembly Website,
Bills are post almost immediately on this website. 

 Sign up for Lobbyist-in-a-Box Service: 

a)     You may track up to 5 bills in one Lobbyist-in-a-Box "profile" without a fee. You can also sign-up for email notification triggered by the bill sponsor when bill is referred to a House or Senate Committee or bill contains specific key word(s), phrases, or Code section(s). 

b)     A subscription to Lobbyist-in-a-Box with an unlimited quantity of bills also offers the ability to create multiple profiles, each containing bill lists and notification options. The cost of this service is $400 for state agencies and $600 for all other subscribers 

Note: I’ve tracked bills, hearings and votes for 6 sessions (2009-2014) without paying for this service. You can stay current and informed without spending this excessive amount. -Mary Devoy 

Email notification triggers an email when bills are sponsored by a member of the General Assembly, referred to a House or Senate Committee or contain specific key word(s), phrases, or Code section(s). 

Lobbyist-in-a-Box Guidelines, 

You Can Review Past Virginia Sessions (1994-2014) Legislation, 

Sign up now, before session even begins so you can adjust your settings and get used to checking on bills. 

2.     Richmond Sunlight Website 

You can post comments publically and you can create your own list of bills to track for no charge. But there is no email notification for bills being posted, assigned to a committee and placed on a hearing docket, any amendments or bill movement. You must remember to check each bill everyday with this site. 

If want to stay up-to-date on this blog for Action Items/Alerts you can sign up for newsfeeds via Posts (Atom), netvibe Google and My Yahoo. I removed the email sign-up from this blog months ago because Feedburner would send out email’s for 4 weeks and then stop for no reason for 6-10 weeks and then start up again for no reason and only work for another 3 or 4 weeks.  

If you would like share Posts or Action Alerts with other people just go to the bottom of the specific post you would like to share and you’ll see a row of icons. You can email the post to friends or family, you can share it on Facebook or Twitter or if you have a blog of your own you can re-blog the post. 

Take few minutes this week to find out who your Delegate and Senator are, introduce yourself to them, save their Richmond contact information (for when they arrive in Richmond on January 14th) somewhere you can easily access it during G.A. session, also decide how and if you plan on tracking bills during session and if you want to follow this blog.  

Then you can enjoy the holidays and you’ll be ready when Virginia session begins on January 14, 2014. 

Thank you! 

Mary Devoy