How Laws Are Made in Virginia

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Introduction in the House or Senate

The Virginia General Assembly is divided into two chambers: the House of Delegates and the Senate. Before a bill is evaluated by the assembly, it must be officially introduced by the bill's legislative sponsor. The introduction is the first of three presentations, or "readings," that must take place in each chamber.

Depending on where the bill is first introduced, the speaker of the House or the clerk of the Senate refers the bill to an appropriate committee for markup. This is the first opportunity for lawmakers to propose changes to the bill or solicit public input. For example, if a bill proposing changes to deer hunting restrictions is introduced in the House of Delegates, it would be referred to the House's Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.

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Related Links:
Standing House Committees
Standing Senate Committees

Source: Virginia General Assembly
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