The legislative branch is the General Assembly, a bicameral legislature – the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate – that meets annually for a fixed number of days The General Assembly is charged with making the laws of the state, approving “General” Assembly? I the budget, and electing guess we couldn’t agree Virginia court judges. on calling ourselves either Awesome or Stellar Assembly .
Right now, there are Pretty 100 members. sweet Annual salary- part-time $17,640 gig! Term length- 2 years Qualifications: o 1) at least 21 years old o 2) lives in same district as he/she represents o 3) is qualified to vote
Right now, there are Become a Senator! You 40 members. get to smile awkwardly Annual salary- all the $18,000 time, like I am now! Term length- 4 years Qualifications: o 1) at least 21 years old o 2) lives same district as he/she represents o 3) is qualified to vote
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 the annual session for a maximum of 30 days.
Basicallythe same steps as last time: o Introducing a bill o Working in committees o Debating the bill on the floor of each house o Voting on the bill in each house o Sending the bill to the governor to sign into law
Elected officials in the Virginia General Assembly write laws and take action in response to problems or issues Individuals and interest groups help shape legislation
Education o Why it’s a big issue- to promote an informed and engaged population o Example-by establishing minimum standards for local schools Public health o Why- to promote and protect the health of its citizens o Example- by funding health benefits Environment o Why- to protect natural resources o Example- by improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
State budget o Why- to approve a biennial (two year) budget prepared by the governor Revenue o Why- to levy and collect taxes
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To run for the House of Delegates, you need to be at least 21 years old.
Gun control is a primary issue in Virginia govt.
Ms.Mitchem wants to retire by the time she’s 40. She wants to get a part-time job in the General Assembly. She should run for state Senate.
A bill goes through both houses of the General Assembly at the same time.
You don’t need to be a U.S. Citizen to run for the House of Delegates.
are 535 people in Virginia’s There lawmaking body.
Virginia judges are appointed by the governor.
From dumblaws.com: o Police radar detectors are illegal. o It is illegal to tickle women. o No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM. Local laws in VA: o In Prince William County, no person may keep a skunk as a pet. o In Norfolk, spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated. o In Culpeper, no one may wash a mule on the sidewalk. In South Dakota, it is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory. In Nebraska, it is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
HB1407 Punishment for underage drinking and driving; penalty. Provides that "zero tolerance" (0.02% BAC) underage drinking and driving is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, the punishment is loss of license for six months and a fine of no more than $500. This bill provides that the punishment must include forfeiture of such persons license to operate a motor vehicle for a period of one year from the date of conviction and either a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or 50 hours of community service. HISTORY 02/22/11 House: Signed by Speaker 02/23/11 Senate: Signed by President 03/26/11 Governor: Approved by Governor
Looking at recent bills in the General Assembly
Iscivics on oreplay? and contrast Compare the legislative branch of the national govt with what you know about VA’s legislative branch.