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2021 GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENES JANUARY 13 – Look for Capitol Contact on Tuesdays and Thursdays

The 2021 General Assembly session will begin next week as legislators will deliberate on many issues of critical importance to local government, including the state budget, broadband, education funding, economic development, public safety, taxes and other policy matters.

VACo will continually provide updates during the session through Capitol Contact. VACo Members – To ensure that you are receiving Capitol Contact, please send Gage Harter your best email address.

Capitol Contact will be published every Tuesday and Thursday. In addition, VACo will email and text Capitol Contact Alerts to County Officials on important issues before they are heard by select committees. We will send notifications on the VACo mobile app whenever we release a Capitol Contact. Be sure to download the VACo app on your phone.

Please check VACo’s website and the General Assembly webpage often to get the latest information and bill updates. Also, be on the lookout for legislative podcasts and videos with state lawmakers and VACo Staff. VACo will continue to release its newsletter, County Connections, around the first and 15th of each month.

And be sure to attend our virtual VACo’s Local Government Day on January 28. Governor Ralph Northam has been confirmed to speak, and we expect legislators to participate. VACo Staff also will give legislative reports and encourage local leaders to advocate on behalf of localities. Be a part of the legislative process at the 2021 General Assembly Session.

VACo Contact: Dean Lynch

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