Key Dates for 2019 General Assembly Session

January 9, 2019

In accordance with the procedural resolution adopted by the House and Senate on January 9, key dates for the 2019 General Assembly Session are as follows:

January 9: General Assembly convenes at noon. Bills that are “prefiled” must be submitted by 10 a.m. House bills affecting the Virginia Retirement System or creating or continuing a study must be filed before adjournment of the House; a similar deadline applies to Senate bills. The House and Senate will meet in Joint Assembly, typically at 7 p.m., for the Governor’s “State of the Commonwealth” address.

January 11: Budget amendments from General Assembly members must be submitted to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by 5 p.m.

January 18: All bills must be filed by 3 p.m. (bills may be introduced after the deadline by unanimous consent)

February 3: House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees report their respective budgets by midnight.

February 5: “Crossover” deadline for each chamber to complete work on legislation originating in that chamber (except for the budget bills)

February 7: Deadline for each chamber to complete work on its budget

February 13: 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.

February 18: Deadline for committee action on bills

February 23: Scheduled adjournment sine die

April 3: Reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes

VACo Contact: Katie Boyle

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