The Water Center maintains inventories of water-related measures considered by the Virginia General Assembly. The most recent inventory, for the current 2017 session, is the following:
Inventories from recent years:
- 2016 Water-related Legislation File (pdf)
- 2015 Water-related Legislation File (pdf)
- 2014 Water-related Legislation File (pdf)
- 2013 Water-related Legislation File (pdf)
- 2012 Water-related Legislation File (pdf)
Inventories for earlier years (back to 1998) are available in the Virginia Tech Library’s online collections. You can browse and search the entire set of legislation inventories here. Click on “Browse by Issue Date” to sort the files into chronological order.
Each year’s inventory lists measures that dealt with water resources or with land activities with a relatively direct impact on water. The inventories also include some bills that may affect water resources indirectly, such as certain bills about air pollution, electricity generation, or transportation. The inventories were compiled based on information provided by the Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site.
For a selection of online news articles (starting in 2012) about water-related legislation in the Virginia General Assembly, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, at https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=General+Assembly.
Other Organizations’ Updates
Here are two links to other organizations’ updates on natural resource legislation in the Virginia General Assembly:
- Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
- Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Tracking Legislation and Voicing Your Opinion
The General Assembly’s website offers several useful features, including member lists, session calendars, live video of floor sessions, and information on legislative processes. The Legislative Information System (LIS) website provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc. The organization Open Virginia’s Richmond Sunlight Web site, at https://www.richmondsunlight.com/, also offers tools for following the General Assembly and for learning about Virginia law.
To express an opinion on legislation, citizens are requested to contact their respective delegate of senator. If you do not know your representatives or their contact information, you can use the online “Who’s My Legislator” service, available at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
You can find members’ contact information at these links:
If you know the numbers of your legislative districts, you can also use the following code to identify your representatives’ Capitol phone numbers: for delegates, (804) 698-10 + district number (for example, 698-1003 for the District 3 delegate); for senators, (804) 698-75 + district number (for example, 698-7510 for the District 10 senator).
The Lobbyist-In-A-Box subscriber service also offers free tracking for up to five bills, and it offers tracking of more than five bills for a fee; visit http://lis.virginia.gov/h015.htm. For assistance, phone Legislative Automated Systems at (804) 786-9631.