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  • It was a fantastic 2021 legislative session, all the more exhausting because of the long summer special session to deal with COVID-19 and police and criminal justice reform inspired by the murder of George Floyd. It was also the first ever session held in-part remotely–even the Senate, which was meeting in person in the Richmond

  • Time to work on the budget! 💰 It’s budget time! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter February 15, 2021 Governor Northam introduced his budget back in December, 2020. The Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations have both amended the budget to take into account their legislative priorities. Those will have to be reconciled and sent back

  • Virginia will be the first in the South in…so many things! Virginia will be “first in South” to… Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter February 7, 2021 Crossover was Friday; anything that made it out of the House goes on to the Senate, and vice versa. Session technically ends Thursday, but Governor Northam has called an

  • Crossover this week! Crossover this week! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter January 31, 2021 This Friday will be the last day for each chamber to vote on bills that originated in their own body. That means there will be some LATE nights this week. There’s still much work to do during this short 30 day

  • Early Mornings and Late Nights at the General Assembly Early mornings and late nights at the General Assembly! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter January 24, 2021 With only 30 days this odd-year session to get the work of the people done (after the VAGOP bucked the long-standing tradition of voting to extend), there are early

  • 2021 General Assembly session about to begin! Tomorrow is the start of session! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter January 12, 2021 If it feels like the 2020 session just ended, it’s because it sort of did, with the special session to address COVID-19 issues and criminal justice and policing reform ending November 9th! Legislative Update What’s

  • Special Session playing by the rules Playing by the rules at special session! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter August 23, 2020 The General Assembly special session convened on Tuesday, with the Senate meeting in the Science Museum of Virginia, and the House meeting in the VCU basketball arena. But there were some immediate disagreements over

  • Special Session starts this Tuesday! Special Session begins this Tuesday! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter Saturday, August 15, 2020 The 2020 General Assembly session wrote the most progressive budget in decades. But then, the economic shock from COVID-19 caused much of that to be put on hold, as well as causing new economic policy needs. The

  • This has been a crazy and exciting General Assembly session! VAPLAN has been tracking bills all session, and recording votes. For the last two years since we began, we have put together a cross-issue legislative scorecard, ranking legislators based on how progressively they voted. Although special interest groups often create scorecards for particular issues like

  • A fruitful General Assembly session! A fruitful 2020 General Assembly session! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter March 11, 2020 The session is almost over (after running a little long), with only the budget left to vote on Thursday before adjourning sine die. We’re hard at work compiling votes on bills to develop our 2020 Progressive