Legislators will return to Richmond on Wednesday for the start of the 2019 General Assembly Session.
This year is a short session, which means legislators only have 45 calendar days to conduct business and adjourn for the year. Per House rules, Delegates are allowed to introduce no more than 15 bills, 10 of which must be pre-filed before the first day of session. The Senate instituted a limit for the first time, allowing members to introduce no more than 25 bills. Currently there are more than 200 house bills, 150 senate bills, and a few dozen resolutions.
There will be two new members seated in the House of Delegates. Delegate Joe McNamara (R-Salem) was elected last fall to replace former Delegate Greg Habeeb who retired. Ronnie Campbell was elected in December to replace former Delegate Ben Cline who won an election to represent the 6th District in Congress. Delegate Jennifer Boysko is running to replace former Senator Jennifer Wexton who was elected to represent the 10th District in Congress. There will need to be a special election later to replace Delegate Boysko if she is successful in her senatorial bid. Two legislators have already announced their retirements. Delegate Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) and Senator Dick Black (R-Loudoun) will not seek re-election. Delegate John Bell (D-Loudoun) announced his intention to run for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Black.
There will be numerous bills related to clean energy this session and conservative legislators are taking the lead on sponsoring many of the bills. Conservatives for Clean Energy will work with the General Assembly to advance legislation that will move Virginia into a new clean energy economy.