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Sunday, January 15, 2017

SB1278-McDougle Added to Tomorrows VA Senate Courts of Justice Committee Hearing after Docket Was Posted on Friday


SB1278 that only posted in LIS on 01/12/17 for the pubic to track has NOW been added to the Monday January 16, 2017 at 8AM Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee docket, http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+doc+S0310116 .

I realized this particular docket was available on the morning of Friday January 13th and SB1278 was NOT listed on it at that point.  

Since then……. either late in the day or into the evening on the 13th or sometime on Saturday the 14th or maybe early on Sunday the 15th SB1278 was added. 

There is no citizen email sign up to receive dockets or changes in VA Senate Committee meeting agendas. 

There is no mandatory 24 hour time-frame for changes in VA House or Senate Committee dockets for citizens to know about a change. 

And there is no red flag or version notation when a change occurs to a VA Senate Committee docket for citizens to know about the change. 

I just happen to know after 8 years of experience to keep checking Committee dockets/agendas ahead of meetings including on weekends. 

The Virginia General Assembly needs to be more transparent, more accessible and more systematic. 

Last minute and weekend changes to Virginia Committee dockets that have no alert systems in place give the appearance of cloak-and-dagger-politics, zero transparency and a closed-door for citizens to what is going on in our government. 

Mary Devoy