Virginia General Assembly Update and AAM Museums Advocacy Day
The General Assembly has reached crossover. This means that for the remainder of the session, the House may only consider Senate bills while the Senate may only consider House bills. Both chambers will complete their respective budgets by Sunday, February 21st. At this point in session, most bills have passed through full committee review and are either defeated, being heard on the floor of their respective full chambers, or have already passed their house of origin.
Here is the status of the bills we brought to your attention in January:
Luckily, a bill that some of our Northern Virginia members were very concerned about failed:
If you would like an update on a bill you are following, you can use the state’s bill tracker.
Join the Movement; Speak Up for Museums During Museums Advocacy Day!
On Feb. 22-23, nearly 250 staff, students, board members, volunteers, supporters and independent professionals who work for and with museums will travel to Capitol Hill from across the country to advocate for federal support of America’s museums. Advocates will present Congress with powerful research and stories on the economic, educational and community impact museums make locally and nationally.
VAM is a proud supporter of Museums Advocacy Day, and several VAM members will be representing Virginia museums next week. Can’t make it to Washington, DC? Use the American Alliance of Museums’ Advocate from Anywhere tools to learn about the issues, contact your legislators and help spread the word!