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