With the conclusion of the 2023 session, we have provided a summary below of bills that we tracked. This was a relatively quiet session with little perceived impact for VCCJA. As we have done in the past, we met on a weekly basis to monitor bills that may have had an impact on us.
In addition to bill tracking, several members of this committee spent February 2, 2023 at the General Assembly where they met with Senators Deeds, Marsden, Ruff, Ebbin and Edwards in support of Senator Deeds budget amendment to provide funding to expand Pretrial Services in the Roanoke area.
The budget is still pending and negotiations continue. Legislators have adopted a quick “skinny budget” and there is an agreement to continue talks and negotiating. The Governor is prepared to call a special session if it comes to that. Here is a summary of the “skinny budget” – Key Features HB 1400 2023 Session Conference Report.pdf (virginia.gov).
There were also several retirements announced in both the House and Senate.