Way back on February 27, 2017, Patrick Wilson with the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the majority of Virginia lawmakers wanted videos of the committee hearings. (READ HERE)
Now, on January 5, 2017, Patrick Wilson with the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports “Virginia to broadcast and archive General Assembly committee hearings for the first time“.
These committee meetings (not including the sub-committee meetings) will, for the first time, be broadcast and archived by the General Assembly. This will be a great tool/resource for League members and citizens since most bills die in these meetings before they are ever brought to the floor for a vote.
League members and citizens across the state will now have access to a part of the legislative process that has previously been well out of the “sunlight”.
There is no schedule of just committee meetings available at this time on the GA or LIS websites. So, to have an idea of what and when, you will need to use the main meeting calendar: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+oth+MTG
This calendar is updated frequently so you will need to keep a close eye on things. In the past, there have been times when a meeting was suddenly scheduled late on the day before the meeting was to be held.