Danny's Desk: News from the Virginia General Assembly
Jan 15, 2018

Committees and Transparency

We are beginning a new legislative session at the Virginia General Assembly. Many things are different this year as we adjust to a temporary office building, different phone system, different meeting spaces and so on. However, the work for the citizens of the Commonwealth will go forth as smoothly as possible.

I am happy to report that I have again been selected as Chairman of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR) full committee. This is important to our area because agriculture with forestry, are the number one economic producer for all of Virginia.

Agriculture is the number one business in Pittsylvania County and brings significant revenue to our part of the state. The policies in Richmond directly affect our local economies and we do not want any laws to jeopardize that success. It is important to have a voice in these issues.

My other two committee assignments are Commerce and Labor Committee and Counties, Cities and Towns Committee. I already have years of experience on both and will be hearing bills that may also affect our local area.

As we begin this session, I want you to know that the we have heard the requests of some citizens of Virginia who wish to see as much of the committee proceedings as possible and to see the voting record of legislators. The House floor sessions were already being televised and in our temporary building the full committee meetings will be televised.

Subcommittees cannot yet be televised because it would have cost taxpayers millions of dollars to retrofit those temporary hearing rooms. All meeting rooms in the renovated General Assembly Building will have the capability of televising when we move into that structure.

All committee votes were already public and now subcommittee votes will be recorded for the public to see. If you are following a bill, you can access the Virginia General Assembly website and enter the bill number to see the progress and the votes at virginiageneralassembly.gov 

This is the “long session” lasting 60 days. As you may remember, we complete the work in that time frame and adjourn for the year (except for Reconvene day to take up the Governor’s changes to some bills).  Things move very quickly here, so if you live in my district and have a bill concern, do not hesitate in letting us know.

We are currently in our offices in Richmond.  My Legislative Aide, Mary Franklin, is staffing our office here, located in Room 301 East of the Pocahontas Building.  You can contact us by sending an e-mail to DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov or by sending a letter to me at PO Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218-0406, or by calling 804-698-1014. And, visit www.dannymarshall.com to complete our 2018 Survey (bottom of Homepage).