Legislative Roundup

Letter to House Speaker on Public Comment During 2021 Session

VCOG, Transparency Virginia and and 21 diverse advocates, lobbyists and citizens have drafted a letter to the Speaker of the House offering suggestions for soliciting public comment during the all-virtual 2021 legislative session.

2021 Legislative Bill Chart

VCOG's annual chart tracking legislation of special interest to our organization, members and supporters.

2020 Legislative Bill Chart

VCOG's annual chart tracking legislation of special interest to our organization, members and supporters.

2019 legislative wrap-up

A look back at the bills VCOG followed in the 2019 General Assembly session

Though the fate of many bills rests in the governor's pen -- and any subsequent vote to override a possible veto -- for all intents and purposes, the 2019 General Assembly session came to an end February 24.

VCOG started off the session tracking nearly 75 bills that would have some impact on the Freedom of Information Act or on other aspects of public access to government records and meetings.

2018 Legislative Chart

THIS IS THE HOME OF VCOG'S ANNUAL BILL CHART FOR THE 2017 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION. BILLS WILL BE ADDED AS THEY ARE FILED.

 
 
 
 
 

2017 Legislative Chart

THIS IS THE HOME OF VCOG'S ANNUAL BILL CHART FOR THE 2017 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION. BILLS WILL BE ADDED AS THEY ARE FILED.

 

Do you want to be part of VCOG's advoacy efforts? Someone who would be willing to call or write or email or even testify?
Then fill out our Sunshine Caucus form and stay in touch during the session.

The session's end nears

This session. I mean it. This session!
 
It’s been a crazy, unexpected and wild ride. And while I may need a little perspective before I can accurately characterize the session, my initial impression is that it has been a mostly positive one for transparency in state and local government.
 

2015 legislative wrap-up

When the General Assembly adjourned Feb. 27, it was with a fairly good record on government transparency behind it. Several good bills passed, several bad bills failed, and some that needed fuller vetting will be sent to the FOIA Council’s ongoing study. There were a few disappointments along the way, but whether it was because this year is an election year or because the former governor’s criminal conviction tempered legislators’ thoughts of keeping information from the public, the session will go down as being mostly sunny.

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