Legislative Information

Virginia Department of Fire Programs monitors legislation and other policy developments impacting Virginia’s fire and emergency services community, both at the state and federal level. The policy staff acts as legislative liaisons for the Fire and EMS community.

The Virginia General Assembly convenes once each year on the second Wednesday in January. During an even-numbered year the legislature meets for 60 days and during an odd-numbered year the legislature meets for 30 days. Additionally, the General Assembly reconvenes on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of each regular or special session to consider bills which have been returned by the Governor for the purposes of amendments or a gubernatorial veto.

During the Virginia General Assembly Session, VDFP monitors legislation impacting Virginia’s fire and emergency medical services and provides a weekly tracking report. Upon conclusion of each session, VDFP publishes a final tracking report.

2017 Legislative Session: The Virginia General Assembly concluded its 46-day 2017 session on February 25, 2017. See the Agency’s 2017 Legislative Summary for details related to legislative initiatives affecting the fire and emergency services.

115th Congress: The 115th Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States, composed of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. It meets in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2017, to January 3, 2019. See the Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) Legislative Outlook for the First Session of the 115th Congress for important issues affecting the nation’s fire and emergency services.

If you don’t know who represents you, find out by using Who’s My Legislator.

Using the Legislative Information System, you can track legislation and review committee agendas prior to a meeting. You can even testify before committees on issues important to you.

For information regarding legislative issues, contact the Policy Manager: