About the General Assembly

The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days. 

This is a short amount of time to get a lot of work done! 

Citizen lobbyists can harness their power and use it to their advantage to fight for the issues they care about—in our case, it’s the animals. When citizens take the time to learn about issues, such as animal welfare, they can become the local source of expertise to their legislator. Phone calls, emails and other feedback from constituents top a legislator’s list of priorities. Constituents have the power to re-elect legislators and to hold them accountable for their votes…and legislators know it.

Learn more about how the Virginia General Assembly works.

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