Legislative Issues

vapolftThe 2018 General Assembly Session will convene Wednesday, January 10 for a long 60 day session, adjourning on March 10, 2018.

The Association will hold its Annual Legislative Day Thursday, January 11, 2018.  We encourage you to attend Legislative Day and begin planning meetings with your local Delegate or Senator. The General Assembly Building is under construction and all Legislative offices have been moved into the Pocahontas building nearby.

For those planning to attend Legislative Day and are in need of a hotel room for the night of Wednesday, January 10 we have blocked a set of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Mechanicsville at the state rate of $93+ tax with complimentary hot breakfast. The Holiday Inn  is located at 7441 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. To receive this rate you must ask for the group room block ‘VA Assn of Soil & Water.’ Reservations must be made by Friday, January 5 to ensure this rate. Reservations can be made by calling 804-559-0022 and letting reservations know you are part of the ‘VA Assn of Soil & Water’ group. We will plan to meet promptly at 7:30am in the first floor breakfast area at the Holiday Inn to discuss logistics and Legislative Day talking points. The VASWCD will be providing a shuttle van so folks can travel from the hotel to downtown without the hassle of parking in Richmond if desired. The shuttle will depart from the hotel no later than 8:00am and continue as many runs as needed throughout the day. For planning purposes, please also inform the Executive Director, by January 5, at kendall.tyree@vaswcd.org if you plan to attend Legislative Day, if you will be reserving a hotel room or not, and/or if you would like a ride from the hotel to the Pocahontas Building or if you will be meeting us downtown.

The following VASWCD legislative items are also of importance:

  • 2018 Legislative Agenda As approved by members at the VASWCD Annual membership meeting on December 5, 2017 and to be used in advocating district needs.
  • Legislative Day Talking Points (To Be Posted) – This attachment references bill numbers and budget amendments that have been pursued by the VASWCD as a result of legislative agenda actions.
  • VASWCD Policy Book – As approved with edits December 8, 2015. Policies are approved every three years.
  • VASWCD Legislative Tracking Report (To be posted weekly once session begins)The VASWCD legislative tracking report is updated and posted during the General Assembly Session and tracks the status of legislation of interest to SWCDs. These reports provide a summary and impact of the legislation as well as the VASWCD position. Contact VASWCD staff if you have any questions or if there are additional pieces of legislation you wish tracked.
  • The VASWCD is a member of VirginiaForever, a unique, diverse coalition of businesses, environmental organizations, and outdoor enthusiasts that advocates for increased government funding for water quality improvements and land conservation across the Commonwealth – including SWCD efforts of cost share and technical assistance. It is the only statewide organization that has a primary focus on increasing funding for natural resources protection.

These legislative reports relating to SWCD funding and the organization of water quality programs are of importance:

Additional Information, bookmark these websites to quickly access legislation and General Assembly contact info: