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  • 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

  • Final week of the General Assembly coming up! Last week for the General Assembly! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter March 1, 2020 Monday is the last day for Committee work on bills, and the General Assembly is set to adjourn sine die (indefinitely) on Saturday, March 7. So we’re down to the wire on getting things

  • A progressive budget from the Democratic majority! A progressive budget from the Democratic majority! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter February 23, 2020 This week the House and Senate Finance and Appropriations committees completed their work amending the Governor’s budget, and brought their budget bills to the floor for a vote. Here are a few details

  • General Assembly crossed over! What survived? General Assembly crossed over! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter February 14, 2020 The last day to vote on bills originating in their own chamber was Wednesday. Because the House mostly discusses bills on their second reading, while the Senate discusses them on their third, it was a LONG night

  • Democratic majority making Virginians cry happy tears Democratic majority making Virginians cry happy tears! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter February 7, 2020 It’s so great to watch the Democratic majority moving legislation along through the House and Senate that is so meaningful and so long-overdue, to help ordinary Virginians live better, safer, and more prosperous lives.

  • News and updates on week 4 in Richmond News and updates from week 4! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter February 1, 2020 Lots of bills made their way out of subcommittees and committees this week, and up for floor votes. It’s been very exciting and we’re making so much progress on lots of issues that

  • Bills, bills, bills: What’s coming up week 4? Bills bills, bills: What’s up week 4? Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter January 26, 2020 As we’re starting to get closer to the crossover date (2/11) when each house has to finish work on their own bills, and take up bills that originated in the other house,