of legislative draft files
1, 2017, Virginia Code § 30-28.18 (B) was amended to specify
that the legislative draft files are property of the requester,
to be released only with the specific approval of the requester.
In the past, files after 1989 were open to the public if the legislation
was enacted. The relevant section follows:
All legislative drafting requests and accompanying documents shall
be maintained by the Division as permanent records. Each of these
separate files shall be considered the property of the requester
and no one other than members of the Division staff shall have
access to any such file without the specific approval of the requester."
has created a form for seeking permission from owners of legislative
drafting files to release such files. To obtain the contents of
a legislative drafting file, please email your request (including
Code section, bill number, chapter number and year) to Theresa Schmid
Once you have submitted this information, we will forward a completed
"request for release" form to the owner of the drafting
file. We will inform you if the owner has granted permission to
release the file. If permission is granted, we will forward the
contents that have been approved for release.
history / Bill tracking information
Please be reminded
that the legislative history of a bill can be found by searching
Information System (LIS). Keeping in mind that legislative intent
is not officially recorded in Virginia, your research to piece together
the intent of a section should include:
to the General Assembly on a topic.
for Fiscal Impact Statements for a bill, if applicable, through
2. Videos of
floor sessions from the House and Senate are archived on the General
Assembly's website, beginning with the 2017 Session.
Senate video: http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3
newspaper articles, law review articles, journals or secondary sources
relating to the legislation.
If you have
questions, feel free to call Theresa Schmid, Research Associate,
at (804) 698-1889, or Ginny Edwards, Director of Information and
Resource Services, at (804) 698-1888.