This Is How YOU Can Help!!
COMMENT ON BILLS
You can view House and Senate meetings from home as well as provide remote testimony and written feedback. The best time to comment on a bill is when it’s in sub-committee. If you sign-up for public comment, you will generally have a minute or less, so you should be brief and to the point. Speakers are called as each bill is read, so you have to watch the meeting until the bill you are interested in is presented, and your name is called.
To provide written comment and view public comment on House Bills visit HODSpeak. To comment on Senate bills you should visit the Senate Video Stream page and click on the committee during which you want to provide public comment.
Legislative Information Services contains the full text, summaries, and status history of all bills and resolutions for each General Assembly session. Bills can be looked up by bill/resolution number, by subject, or by the senator or delegate who introduced the legislation. If the bill originated in the House it will start with HB___ and if it originated in the Senate it will start with SB___.
GET ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Follow @VirginiaPTA for calls to action and information about the session. We encourage you to share posts from Virginia PTA on your PTA page and with friends to raise awareness in your community.
Help us amplify the call to action by joining a #VirtualRally and challenging your community and friends to #TakeAction4Kids.
-> Take a picture holding a sign with YOUR top priority or record a 20 second video sharing your “why”
-> Tag 2 Friends and ask that they join the challenge
-> Set your post to ‘public’ and tag your legislators and @VirginiaPTA
-> Use the hashtags: #VAPTAAdvocacy #TakeAction4Kids
CALL OR EMAIL YOUR DELEGATE!
Legislators respond best to personal stories and asks from their constituents. Letters don’t have to be long, just a short statement about what’s important to you and why you want your legislator to take a stand for education.In addition to emailing your own delegate. This session we encourage you to write letters to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees. Keep your message short and to the point.
Here are some tips for a compelling letter to your legislator:
1. Introduce – Share where you live, how you volunteer and the topic you are concerned about.
2. Persuade – Tell your story and how this topic impacts you.
3. Inform – Add data or statements from our resolutions or position statements
4. Conclude – Restate your call to action
Find Your Elected Representatives
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper reminding your community why it’s important to fund education.
QUESTIONS? Contact Virginia PTA’s Vice President of Advocacy
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!