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Virginia Government & Legislation

  1. How can I get information about Virginia government and state agencies?
  2. How do I find out who my Delegate, State Senator, and U.S. Congressman are?
  3. How do I contact the Governor of Virginia?
  4. How do I register to vote?
  5. How can I find election statistics?
  6. How can I get my voting rights restored?
  7. Does the state of Virginia provide services through the web?
  8. Does the state of Virginia have an agency responsible for consumer complaints?
  9. Where can I locate the Code of Virginia? The Federal Code?
  10. Where can I find current and proposed Virginia state agency regulations on the Internet?
  11. Where can I find a copy of the Constitution of Virginia? Of the United States?
  12. Is there an online description of how a bill becomes a law?
  13. How can I obtain legislative history for Virginia acts?
  14. How can I find information about a recently passed bill?

1How can I get information about Virginia government and state agencies?

For links to Virginia state agency websites go to the State Web Site List.

2How do I find out who my Delegate, State Senator, and U.S. Congressman are?

Fill out the form in the page Who’s my Legislator? from the Virginia Online Legislature.

3How do I contact the Governor of Virginia?

Check the following links: The Official Site for the Governor’s office and find other elected officials page from the Commonwealth of Virginia Web site.

4How do I register to vote?

Consult the Virginia State Board of Elections.

5How can I find election statistics?

Consult the sites Virginia State Board of Elections for results since 1995.

6How can I get my voting rights restored?

The website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth has information about this process  titled "Clemency."

7Does the state of Virginia provide services through the web?

Many government services may be accessed through the Internet. Check the Commonwealth of Virginia Official  Web page Online Services.

8Does the state of Virginia have an agency responsible for consumer complaints?

Yes, the mission of the Office of Consumer Affairs of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs is to provide protection to consumers against fraudulent, deceptive, and illegal practices in the marketplace. Check their Consumer Assistance Web page for more information.

9Where can I locate the Code of Virginia? The Federal Code?

Print copies of the Code of Virginia are available in Library of Virginia, public and academic libraries, and law libraries across the state. The Code of Virginia is also available online at the Legislative Information System. The online version is not annotated.

10Where can I find current and proposed Virginia state agency regulations on the Internet?

The administrative regulations of Virginia state agencies are compiled and codified in the Virginia Administrative Code (VAC), which is updated quarterly or semiannually.
The biweekly Virginia Register of Regulations alerts the public to intended, proposed, and final regulatory action of state agencies as well as supplementing the VAC between updates.
The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall is designed to allow anyone who is interested in the promulgation of regulations in the commonwealth to follow the regulations through the process of becoming law.

11Where can I find a copy of the Constitution of Virginia? Of the United States?

Virginia Constitution (Online Virginia Legislature)
Constitution of the United States (Thomas, Library of Congress)

12Is there an online description of how a bill becomes a law?

A description of the process in Virginia is given at the Virginia General Assembly Web site. A version of How Bills Becomes Laws appropriate for children is found in the Capitol Classroom.
On the Federal level, a detailed description of the legislative process, "How Our Laws Are Made," can be found on Thomas, the Library of Congress’ website for legislative information. A description geared to young people is found on Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids sponsored by the U.S. Government Printing Office.

13How can I obtain legislative history for Virginia acts?

Since 1994, bills, resolutions, Acts of Assembly and the Code are available online via the Legislative Information System (LIS)
The Library of Virginia research guide Legislative History in Virginia describes how much information is available for years prior to 1994 and how to access it.

14How can I find information about a recently passed bill?

Check the Legislative Information System (LIS) and the Cumulative Index of Bills, Resolutions, Joint Resolutions and Documents.