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Virginia Legislative Research Sources:

Legislation

House and Senate Bills and Resolutions. Daily during session; bound annually.

All legislation introduced (both passed and failed) in each house. Includes printed amendments.

Fiscal Impact Statements. Daily during session; bound annually.

Analysis of fiscal implications of proposed legislation. Prepared by various state agencies.

Law

Code of Virginia 1950. Periodic new volumes, updated annually by pocket parts.

Codification of the general and permanent laws of the Commonwealth. Sections are arranged numerically within titles.

Acts of Assembly. Annual.

Contains enactments of the Virginia General Assembly for each session. Multi-year subject indexes available.

Finding Aids

Final Cumulative Index of Bills, Joint Resolutions, Resolutions and Documents. Annual.

Provides subject access to all legislation considered. Also indexes legislation by patron name and includes bill status history. Abbreviated index published semi-weekly during session.

Session Summary. Annual.

Subject access to summaries of all legislation considered by the General Assembly with disposition (i.e., passed, failed or carried over) noted.

Digest of the Acts of the General Assembly. Annual.

Overview of enacted legislation, with title and section paralleling that of the Code of Virginia.

Roll Call Votes

House and Senate Calendars. Daily during session; bound annually.

Account of legislation pending in each house and meeting notices. Furnishes votes for bills reported out of committee.

House and Senate Journals. Annual.

Detailing of floor activities, including roll call votes, committee reports, and conference reports.

Legislative Study Reports

House and Senate Documents. Issued as printed throughout the year; bound annually.

Reports requested by and submitted to the General Assembly.

Topical Studies by the General Assembly of Virginia. Indexes available for years 1970 - 1986 and 1987 - 1997.

Subject index to the legislative study reports (i.e., House and Senate Documents). Searchable database also available via the internet here.

General Assembly Information

Manual of the Senate and House of Delegates. Biennial.

Contains member biographies, rules of both houses, constitution, general information about each house.

The General Assembly of Virginia. Approximately every 20 years.

Historical reference for member biographies, legislative studies, committee rosters, etc.

Electronic Information

Legislative Information System (LIS): http://lis.virginia.gov

Online access to complete bill status, searchable text of legislation, patron history, and roll call votes (committee and floor) from 1994 - present; also provides word-searchable access to the Code of Virginia, Virginia Administrative Code, and list of legislative studies.

Legislative Reference Center: http://dls.virginia.gov/lrc.htm

Includes information on legislative history in Virginia, and offers a comprehensive set of internet research links.

Information Contacts

Legislative Reference Center
Division of Legislative Services
910 Capitol Street
General Assembly Building, 2nd floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 786-3591
email contact: cjackson@leg.state.va.us
http://dls.virginia.gov/lrc.htm

Legislative Information Office
Capitol, First floor
Capital Square
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 698-1500

Senate Information
Capitol, First floor
Senate Room 2
Capital Square
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 698-7410

Library of Virginia
9th and Broad Streets
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 692-3777 or (804) 692-3561

 

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