The 2024 State Legislative Session: How Will It Impact Fairfax County Voters?

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The new legislative session begins on Wednesday, 1/10 at the General Assembly in Richmond, and state Senators and Delegates have already begun filing proposed legislation.

An initial list of bills that have been submitted by some of Fairfax County’s all-Democrat delegation, has been compiled by the Gazette Leader.

What are expected to be some of the more contentious issues? The Virginia Mercury and Richmond Times Dispatch each have predictions.

Locally, news that Sen. Dave Marsden plans to introduce legislation for a casino in Fairfax County has been met with opposition from Reston residents and the Vienna Town Council as reported by the Fairfax Times.

Key dates in the legislative cycle:

Wednesday, January 10Session convenes
Prefiling ends at 10:00 a.m.
Last day to file legislation creating or continuing a study
Friday, January 12Last day to submit budget amendments
Friday, January 19Bill cut-off (last day to introduce bills and certain joint resolutions)
Tuesday, February 13Crossover (last day for each house to act on its own legislation,
except Budget Bills) 
Sunday, February 18House Appropriations and Senate Finance & Appropriations
Committees to complete action on Budget Bills
(UVA report will follow)
Tuesday, February 20Amendments to Budget Bills available
Thursday, February 22Houses of origin to complete action on Budget Bills
Wednesday, February 28Last day to act on Budget Bills and revenue bills of
other house and appoint conferees
Monday, March 4Last day for committee action on remaining bills
Thursday, March 7Last day to act on remaining bills and appoint conferees
Saturday, March 9Session adjourns sine die
Monday, April 8Last day for Governor’s action on legislation
Wednesday, April 17/24Reconvened session
Monday, July 1Effective date of enacted legislation
(source: UVA State Government Relations,

For a look at local priorities for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, see the article by the Fairfax Times.

The start of the new year also brings enactment of new laws. For an overview, read The Patch’s list of notable changes here,

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