Virginia PTA Capitol Day – 2024 Session
Join us in Richmond on FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2024 to #TakeAction4Kids!
All PTA members in Virginia are welcome to join us for Capitol Day. Listen to bills be debated. Meet your Legislator. Share your perspective on how policies and funding decisions impact your student and school community. Students are welcome to attend with their parents. Please include their school name on your registration so they can be recognized from the House floor.
Prepare for Virginia PTA Capitol Day
Capitol Day is on a Friday. This is a quieter day with less people in the halls, more opportunities to meet with legislators, and more space in the House Gallery.
In addition to our traditional in-person Capitol Day on January 19th, we are also setting up some virtual legislator meetings with state and federal legislators in February and March.
Virginia PTA and your Council Advocacy Chair will schedule meetings with your legislators and group you with an experienced PTA advocate and others from your region so that you have a full morning of opportunities to share information about the needs of your student and school community. You can expect each legislator meeting to be 15 minutes with 10-15 minutes to get to your next meeting. Please plan to wear business clothes (and if possible PTA (Royal) Blue) as well as comfortable walking shoes.
To help you prepare, we have a few learning opportunities.
- General Assembly Preview Webinar (Tuesday, Jan 9, 2024 | 7:00-8:30pm)
- Virtual Rally (Jan 11th | Social Media)
- Advocacy Social (Thursday, January 18th | 7:00-8:00pm | Holiday Inn Richmond Midtown)
Capitol Day Agenda
Fri. Jan. 19, 2024 | 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
|7:30 a.m.||Meet-up |
(New(!) General Assembly Building)
|8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m||Legislator Meetings.|
You will be grouped with 2-4 PTA members and an experienced lead.
(New General Assembly Building)
|12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.||View Daily Legislative Session from House Gallery|
(Capitol, House/Senate Gallery OR stream from home)
|1:00 p.m –||Meet at Merriweather’s Market Full Service Cafe for lunch and conversation (optional)|
(Truist Place, 3rd Floor – directly across from the Capitol & Pocahontas Building)
REGISTER TODAY FOR 2024 ADVOCACY EVENTS!
General Assembly Preview Webinar
Tuesday, January 9, 2024 (7pm-8pm)
Join us for an overview of the basics of education funding and Virginia PTA’s legislative priorities. We’ll also talk about how the General Assembly works, how to participate in Capitol Day, leverage priorities that support student success and how to follow legislation from home.
Virginia PTA Virtual Rally
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Join the virtual rally by posting about a top legislative priority for the 2024 Session.
- Make a sign
- Post on social media and tag @VirginiaPTA, your legislator and friends
- Use Hashtags #VAPTAAdvocacy, #TakeAction4Kids, #PTAVirtualRally
Virginia PTA Capitol Day
Richmond, General Assembly Building
Friday, January 19, 2024 (7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Join us in Richmond and for Virtual Meetings throughout session to share Legislative Priorities with your legislator.
ADVOCACY SOCIAL: Thursday, January 18th (7-8pm). Informal opportunity to meet others and prepare for Capitol Day.
HOTEL DISCOUNT: Holiday Inn Express -Midtown, includes hot breakfast & free parking (2000 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond, VA, US)
Virginia PTA Priorities
- 2024 Legislative Priorities
- 2024 Bill Watchlist (Coming Soon)
- Advocacy Impact
2024 Session Calendar
Dec. 20: Governor Budget
Jan. 3: Budget Hearings
Jan. 9: PTA Webinar
Jan. 10: Session Starts
Jan. 11: PTA Virtual Rally
Jan. 19: Capitol Day
Feb- Mar: Virtual Meetings
Feb 13: Crossover
Feb 28: House/Senate Budgets
TBD xx: Last day for committee action on bills
Mar 10: 2024 Session adjournes sine die
TBD xx: PTA Webinar Wrap-Up
TBD xx: Last day for Governor action on bills
Jul 1: Legislation enacted
Follow VA General Assembly
Key Committees To Follow
House – Education (M, W – 8:00 a.m.)
Sub Committee: PreK-12 (Tues 7:30 a.m.)
Sub Committee: Early +Innovation (Wed after Full)
House Appropriations (M, W, F – 30 min after adjourn)
Sub Committee: K-12 Education (Wed 4 p.m.)
Senate Education & Health (Thurs 8 a.m.)
Sub Committee: Education (30 min after adjourn)
Senate Finance & Appropriations (Tues & Wed 9 a.m.)
Sub Committee: Education (Thurs 3pm)
General Assembly Resources
- General Assembly Basics
- Who is My Legislator?
- General Assembly Information
- Legislative Information System (track bills)
- Virginia Department of Education Bill List
- Virginia Public Access Project
- Virginia Red Book, Capitol Connections
- Glossary of Legislative Terms
- How a Bill Becomes a Law (Kids Version)
- Map of Capitol District
- Map of Capitol Building
- VIDEO of 2023 CAPITOL DAY!