2006 Code of Virginia § 30-19.3 - Prefiling of bills and resolutions

30-19.3. Prefiling of bills and resolutions.

A. Any member or member-elect of the General Assembly may prefile bills andresolutions for even-numbered-year regular sessions beginning the thirdMonday in November of the preceding year and for odd-numbered-year regularsessions beginning the third Monday in July of the preceding year with theClerk of the House of Delegates or Senate as appropriate. Any bill orresolution prefiled shall be endorsed by the handwritten signature of atleast one member or member-elect as a patron. The deadline for submittingdrafting requests for legislation to be prefiled to the Division ofLegislative Services and the deadline for prefiling legislation with theappropriate Clerk shall be established by the procedural resolution adoptedby the General Assembly, or in default thereof, adopted by the Joint RulesCommittee.

B. In the event of the convening of a special session of the GeneralAssembly, only bills relating to the stated purpose of such special sessionand resolutions affecting the rules of procedure or schedule of business ofthe General Assembly may be prefiled as provided in subsection A of thissection beginning on the day on which either (i) the Governor announces thedate on which such special session is to convene, or (ii) two-thirds of themembers elected to each house of the General Assembly make application to theGovernor for the convening of such special session.

C. The Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate shall assign numbers toprefiled bills and resolutions in the order of their receipt, refer them tothe appropriate committee with the advice of the Speaker of the House ofDelegates, in the case of House bills, and in the case of Senate bills, inaccordance with the Rules of the Senate, and have a sufficient number of themprinted for circulation as provided in this section.

D. Printed prefiled bills and resolutions shall be periodically mailed toeach member and member-elect of the General Assembly and shall be madeavailable to the press and public in the same manner as bills and resolutionsintroduced after the General Assembly convenes.

(1969, Ex. Sess., c. 24; 1973, c. 488; 1981, c. 196; 1987, c. 124; 2001, cc.568, 584; 2004, c. 718.)

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