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Notice from the Department Legislative Officer

The Department of Virginia Legislative page has been set up to keep you informed of upcoming veteran related legislation being considered by the Virginia General Assembly.  There are always numerous bills before the Assembly that aid Virginia veterans and their families. The Joint Leadership Council of Veteran Service Organizations (JLC) puts forth several bills annually that will benefit veterans and will be listed as part of the overall matrix of bills up for consideration.  I urge each of you to pay particular attention to the bills the JLC has recommended because the twenty-five veteran service organizations (VSO) that have requested these bills feel they are the most important bills. Each VSO has a representative on the JLC that vote on their bill recommendations.

I would encourage all Marine Corps League members to write or call their respective Virginia Delegate and Senator and ask for support for these legislative initiatives.  The one thing members of the legislature consider more than anything else is the wishes of their constituents. Your voices will be heard and numbers count.

The Virginia General Assembly convenes in January of each year and runs for 45 or 60 days.  During that time bills will be heard by both houses of the legislature. If money is required to be appropriated for a particular piece of legislation the bill will also be considered by the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.  These are key committees that have a final say in whether a bill passes or not based on the money required as part of its enactment.

Semper Fi,

Jim Barrett
Legislative Officer and Past Commandant
Department of Virginia
Marine Corps League