How Laws Are Made in Virginia

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Citizen Involvement

Citizens may attend public hearings to observe the legislative process or to testify before committee members considering proposed legislation. Public hearings are listed, by committee, on the Legislative Meeting Schedule. Citizens wishing to testify should contact the House or Senate Clerk of Committee Operations where they will be asked to give their name, the name of the organization they represent and to indicate whether they are for or against the proposed bill and why.

People unable to attend public hearings can submit written correspondence stating their position to the relevant chamber:

House Clerk's Office
House Committee Operations
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218
Senate Clerk's Office
Senate Committee Operations
P.O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218

Testimony Tips:

  • Keep testimony brief and concise.
  • Obtain the latest version of the bill through Va.'s Bill Tracker.
  • Avoid making the same point made by previous speakers.
  • Be prepared to answer lawmakers' questions.
  • Bring typed copies of your remarks.

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Source: Virginia General Assembly
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