Archive for November, 2009

Legislature’s Twitter Feeds

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The clerks of the Senate and the House are now maintaining Twitter feeds for each chamber. They’re not very exciting, but for a just-the-facts account of each day’s session—and the odd explanation of what’s going on—they can’t be beat. VaHouse and VaSenateofVirginia are their handles.

While I’m on the topic, we started incorporating Twitter into Richmond Sunlight last year. Legislators with Twitter feeds have a “Twitter” tab on their page (example 1, example 2) with their latest tweets included. And, of course, we’ve got our own Twitter feed.

2010 Session Prefiling Has Begun

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The prefiling of bills for the 2010 session is now underway. Beginning this week, legislators will be submitting bills for consideration in the session that will begin January 13. Advance filing of bills will continue right up until 10 AM that morning. It’s during the prefiling period that the bulk of bills are filed; those filed during the session are frequently commendations or other resolutions. You can follow the bills as they roll in on the 2010 bills page.

Delegate Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond) got the top spot in his chamber with HB1: Unsolicited commercial electronic mail (spam); penalty. Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville) did the same in the Senate with SB1: Relief for purchaser of property sold at treasurers’ sales; Charles L. Kingrea.