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The 2017 Virginia General Assembly session will begin on January 11, 2017, and continue for 45 days. Here you can track the bills that are proposed, voted on, and the few that will ultimately become law.

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House Adds On-Demand Video

1/12/2017 by Waldo Jaquith
It took a decade, but the House of Delegates is finally archiving legislative video.

Bills Pouring in for 45-Day Session

12/30/2016 by Waldo Jaquith
The session starts in less than two weeks.

Legislator Withdraws Bill Raising Oyster Leases

1/29/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
Virginia watermen can heave a sigh of relief after a legislator withdrew his bill to increase the cost to lease the bottoms of state-owned waterways per year for growing oysters and clams.

Virginia Officials Reach Compromise on Gun Laws

1/29/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
State officials from both political parties have reached a sweeping compromise on gun laws that would continue Virginia’s agreements with other states regarding concealed carry permits, prevent the subjects of protective orders from possessing guns and encourage, but not require, background checks at gun shows.

Senate Passes Bill Targeting Vultures

1/28/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
The black vulture of Virginia has found itself in the crosshairs of legislation passed by the Senate this week. Senators voted 39-1 for a bill that would exempt the black vulture from its current protection by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

House Passes ‘Tebow Bill’ to Help Home-Schoolers

1/27/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
For the third year in a row, the Virginia House of Delegates has passed a version of the “Tebow bill,” opening the door for home-schooled students to participate in after-school sports and other activities sponsored by their local public schools. The House on Wednesday voted 58-41 in favor of the legislation, nicknamed for star quarterback Tim Tebow, who plaeyed high school football in Florida in the early 2000s while being home-schooled.