As a practicing Virginia lawyer and a member of a local board of supervisors, my work tends to have me following the activities going on in the Virginia General Assembly at the start of each year. In years past I have occasionally posted here my thoughts on laws that caught my eye for one reason or another.
Fortunately, technology has made following the GA easier for all interested persons. You don’t have to physically come to Richmond and sit through committee meetings to stay fairly and timely informed as to the status of votes and bills moving through the legislature. Advocacy groups and news services have tapped into the availability of information to increase engagement by persons interested in specific issues and by the broader public following more generally the hot topics and issues.
I may still post something here that catches my eye, but for now I am posting links to resources that you should find helpful in following our state legislators.
- Everyone interested in Virginia politics should visit the website and subscribe to updates from the Virginia Public Access Project.
- Our state government has done a lot to provide access and information online. The General Assembly website is another site to bookmark.
- Another state run website is the Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS). You can track up to 5 bills for free with LIS’s Lobbyist in a Box
- Richmond Sunshine is another site with easy to use tools to track Virginia legislation
- The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (which operates the GA IT systems) offers current resources and provides insight into technology efforts underway.
Of course a quick web search will lead you to the dozens if not hundreds of advocacy groups with a website that explains the group’s positions and track Virginia bills of interest and how our legislators vote.