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All nine legislative proposals supported in the 2018 VBA legislative agenda were made into law. Two of many highlights involved the General Assembly's decision to fully fund judgeships beginning in the 2019 year of the two-year budget and the long-sought increase in the grand larceny threshold from what was the lowest level in the country. The list of proposals on the agenda and the sections, commissions and the Boyd-Graves Conference that presented them appeared in the spring 2018 issue of the VBA Journal.


The board considered proposals for the 2017 legislative agenda approved 24 to back. Nearly all of them received General Assembly endorsement. Results from the 2017 legislative proposals appear in the spring issue of the VBA Journal. The groups that presented approved proposals for the 2017 VBA legislative agenda were Elder Law and Special Needs; Wills, Trusts & Estates; Health Law, Business Law, Commission on the Needs of Children; and the Boyd-Graves Conference.


The Board of Governors approved the pursuit of 15 proposals before the 2016 General Assembly. Recommendations came from three VBA sections, a joint VBA-Virginia State Bar committee, a VBA commission, a state family law coalition and the Boyd-Graves Conference. Thirteen bills became law. Read about them in the "Improving the Law" article in the spring 2016 issue of the VBA Journal.


The 2015 VBA legislative agenda featured 13 proposals meant to improve the law and protect the public. Four proposals came from the VBA's Business Law Section and two each from the Wills, Trusts & Estates Section and the Boyd-Graves Conference. Other proposals involve the association's Real Estate and the Construction and Public Contracts sections, and the Virginia Family Law Coalition and the Commission on the Needs of Children.


In 2014, the VBA endorsed and its lobbying team promoted 13 legislative proposals. Eleven items on the legislative agenda became law and two were continued to 2015. Proposals emanated from two of the VBA's substantive law sections and three affiliate groups, including the Boyd-Graves Conference. Legislative efforts included continued advocacy for full judicial funding as well as support for two Virginia State Bar proposals.


In 2013, the VBA legislative agenda included seven pieces of proposed legislation recommended by the Wills, Trusts & Estates Section and four amendments to sections of the Code of Virginia based on suggestions from the Boyd-Graves Conference. Lobbying also was done on behalf of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia and the Virginia State Bar Council, as well as the Virginia Family Law Coalition and VBA Commission on the Needs of Children. By mid-March, the governor had approved two bills proposed on behalf of the VBA and its affiliates, and was reviewing the others. The General Assembly convened Jan. 9 and adjourned Sine Die on Feb. 23. The governor's amended or vetoed bills were considered at the General Assembly reconvened session on April 3.


The 2012 legislative agenda included bills suggested by the Wills, Trusts & Estates Section, the Business Law Section, the Elder Law Section and groups affiliated with the VBA. See how the legislative session unfolded and bills progressed in the General Assembly


You can read the VBA summary of its principal activities at the 2011 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly. Most of the new legislation covered in the summary took effect on July 1, 2011.

2011 Highlights


The outcome of the VBA legislative agenda after the 2010 General Assembly session is presented in the Summer 2010 issue of the VBA News Journal.

Section-Specific Legislative Reports

As a benefit, members of VBA sections receive summaries of bills prepared for consideration by the Virginia General Assembly. The summaries are specific to the practice areas of each section. They can be helpful in flagging legislative actions of importance to member lawyers and their clients.

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