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Key Dates for 2018 General Assembly Session

The Joint Rules Committee met on December 18 to adopt the procedural resolution that sets the schedule for the 2018 General Assembly session. Although the procedural resolution will be considered by the full House and Senate in January, typically it is agreed upon without amendments. Key dates in the procedural resolution are as follows:

January 10: General Assembly convenes at noon. Prefiled legislation must be submitted by 10 a.m.; this is also the last day to file bills dealing with the Virginia Retirement System or legislation creating or continuing a study.

January 12: Budget amendments by General Assembly members must be submitted by 5 p.m.

January 19: All bills must be filed by 3 p.m.

February 13: Crossover (deadline for legislation to pass its chamber of origin)

February 18: The Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees must report their respective budgets.

February 22: Deadline for each chamber to complete work on its budget

March 5: Deadline for committee action on legislation

March 10: Scheduled adjournment sine die

April 18: Reconvened session to consider the Governor’s amendments and vetoes

VACo Contact: Katie Boyle






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