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File #: 21-0854    Name:
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/11/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 4/27/2021 Final action:
Title: Wrap-up of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: APRIL 21, 2021

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Wrap-up of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session.
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ISSUE: Wrap-up of the 2021 General Assembly Session.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council receive staff's report on the conclusion of the 2021 General Assembly session.

DISCUSSION: The 2021 General Assembly "short" Session began on Wednesday, January 13 and both bodies adjourned, Sine Die, on Saturday, February 27. The session was technically two sessions, with the work of the General Assembly extended to 46-days from the constitutionally mandated 30-days by convening a second, Special Session of the General Assembly, which convened on February 10.

The General Assembly met virtually during these sessions. The members of the Senate, along with some Senate staff, convened in person at the Science Museum of Virginia, and held committee meetings and floor session from that location. Members of the House of Delegates convened entirely virtually, and House members participated in subcommittee meetings, committee meetings, and floor session remotely from their location of choice. In both the Senate and the House, outside participants - including lobbyists, activists, and members of the public - joined in subcommittee meetings, committee meetings and most other meetings with members and staff electronically, either through Zoom testimony or by presenting written comments ahead of the meeting.

The Senate and House of Delegates held pro-forma Reconvened Session, as constitutionally required, for the Regular Session and a full Reconvened Session on April 7 where they considered several amendments to legislation, including the budget bill, recommended by the Governor.

Sarah Taylor, the City's Legislative Director, continues to represent the City's...

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