Citizen Involvement

Active citizen participation is an integral part of a functioning representative democracy. Members of the General Assembly want and need citizen input when crafting laws. As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is your right to voice your opinion regarding pending legislation. There are many ways in which citizens can communicate with their legislator; phone calls, letters, email, or through visits to their legislative offices.

A citizen testifying before a committee
A citizen testifying before a committee

As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of your greatest responsibilities is to help elect the legislators who represent all Virginians. But your role in the democratic process of government does not end at the polls. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your elected officials, you help them resolve issues and evaluate pending legislation.

There are a number of online resources available on the Virginia General Assembly website to assist you in taking an active role in the legislative process:

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  2. How to Track a Bill Follow legislation using the Legislative Information System
  3. How to Testify on a Bill Tips on Speaking before a Committee
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