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Key Dates for 2020 General Assembly Session

The House and Senate adopted the procedural resolution governing the schedule for the 2020 General Assembly session on January 10, 2020.  Key dates for the 2020 Session are as follows:

  • January 8: General Assembly convened at noon. Bills that were “prefiled” were due to be submitted by 10 a.m.  Bills affecting the Virginia Retirement System or creating or continuing a study were required to be filed before adjournment of their respective chambers of introduction.
  • January 10: Deadline for submission of budget amendments by 5 p.m.
  • January 17: Deadline for remaining bills to be filed at 3 p.m. (there are some exceptions, such as when legislation is granted unanimous consent to be introduced after the deadline).
  • February 11: “Crossover” deadline for each chamber to complete work on legislation originating in that chamber (except for the budget bill)
  • February 16: House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees report their respective budgets by midnight.
  • February 20: Deadline for each chamber to complete work on its budget.
  • February 26: Deadline for each chamber to complete work on the other chamber’s budget and appoint budget conferees; also the deadline for each chamber to act on revenue bills from the other chamber and appoint conferees.
  • March 2: Deadline for committee action on bills at midnight.
  • March 7: Scheduled adjournment sine die.
  • April 22: Reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes.

VACo Contact: Katie Boyle

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