Most bills submitted for the Virginia General Assembly (GA) never make it to the full membership of the GA. Rather, they die in Committees and Subcommittees. Your own representatives may never get a chance to comment or vote on these bills. It should also be noted that these Committee Meetings, while open to the public, they are not recorded and minutes are not taken. While Meetings of Committees are scheduled ahead of time, the discussion of any particular bill could occur with only a few hours notice, preventing a lot of interested people from attending the meeting.
This lack of transparency makes me wonder what has transpired. So, a quick look at the LIS Legislative Committees webpage and pick out a committee. Picking the Senate Privileges and Election Committee, I then click on the “Failed” link under Committee Legislation and here is the list of those bills that will not make it out for a full vote:
Senate Privileges and Elections
Tuesday, 4:00 p.m, Senate Room A
You may or may not have a vested interest in any of these bill but, I for one would have liked to see SJ 264 put to a vote. And coming up with a Redistricting Commission (SJ 224) that would prevent the adjustment of districts in order to create safe districts for parties would maybe provide a better way to let the voices of the people be heard.
Remember, it is still early so this “Elephant Bill Graveyard” will continue to grow (of course, this is also just the list from one Committee of the 25 Committees that are filtering the bills that come before the full General Assembly.
My questions to you? How well are your interests being reflected in these decisions and why isn’t transparency a part of this process?