Our View of the Legislature: Budget

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The 2022 legislative session began yesterday at noon! One of the first things the legislature did was to adopt resolutions and procedures deadlines and rules for the session itself. The session is now scheduled to end on March 12, 2022.

The primary reason why there is a longer session in even-numbered years is because this is when the legislature considers and adopts a two-year budget for the state. In December, Governor Northam submitted a proposed budget. That proposal can be found at HB 30 (Knight) and SB 30 (Howell). The legislature may also make some changes to the already adopted budget for the year that will end on June 30, 2022. Sometimes called a “caboose,” those bills are HB 29 (Knight) and SB 29 (Howell).

Because the budget was proposed by an outgoing Governor who is of a different political party than the incoming Governor, we expect there to be substantial amendments to the bills. Proposed amendments from members of the legislature must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

We are available to educate policy makers about the potential impact of legislative proposals and budgetary considerations. Please let us know of any legislative proposals or budget issues that you think we should be following. Contact us at info@dlcv.org or by calling 1-800-552-3962 or 804-225-2042.

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