Local volunteers key to analyzing fiscal impacts of proposed bills

April 1, 2015

During the General Assembly session, the Commission on Local Government (CLG) analyzes legislation with a potential fiscal impact on localities using a network of local government volunteers. CLG recently sent VACo a memorandum with a full update on recent improvements to the local fiscal impact statement process and recognition for localities that analyzed the most bills during the 2015 session.

In 2015, several improvements to the fiscal impact statement process were implemented. First, a web portal was created to allow an easier exchange of data between local governments and CLG staff, using a small allocation from the General Assembly. Next, legislation patroned by Delegate Steve Landes went into effect that would increase the volume of bills that could be reviewed for local impact. Finally, volunteers were organized into subject areas to decrease the workload on local volunteers but increase the level of expertise of local analysis.

During the 2015 General Assembly session, CLG staff submitted 19 fiscal impact statements on legislation, 11 more than the previous year. Of these 19 bills, one was passed without amendments, four were passed with amendments and 14 were defeated.

VACo would like to thank the numerous county officials and staff that assisted VACo with analyzing the local impacts of a wide array of legislation during the 2015 General Assembly session. VACo also commends those counties and their staff that volunteered with the Commission on Local Government’s local fiscal impact process.

Below is a list of the counties that volunteered for the Commission’s process.

Counties: Albemarle | Arlington | Augusta | Chesterfield | Fairfax | Henrico | Henry | King George | Loudoun | Madison | Powhatan | Prince George | Rappahannock | Richmond | Roanoke | Rockingham | Spotsylvania | Stafford | Wise | York

VACo Contact: Erik Johnston, CAE

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