2023 General Assembly Session Recap
2023 General Assembly Session: How Did Your Legislators Vote?
- A “Senate” chart showing how your senator voted;
- A “House” chart showing how your delegate voted; and
- A “Senate Education & Health Committee” chart with key votes on abortion.
The Senate Education & Health Committee chart was included due to the high number of VCC-supported pro-life bills that the committee rejected and thereby blocked from receiving full Senate consideration.
At the conclusion of the report are:
- Descriptions of Legislation featured in the charts, organized into four categories – Life, Religious Freedom, Families & Children, and Social & Economic Concerns; and
- An Index of Legislation, for those interested in more detail than what the brief bill descriptions provide.
Not sure who your state legislators are? Use the Find Your Legislator feature here.
Note: The 2023 session was the last one for the current districts. New district maps (based on the 2020 census) will take effect for this year’s elections for all 140 General Assembly seats.
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What We Do
Led by Diocese of Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Diocese of Richmond Bishop Barry C. Knestout, the Conference advocates for:
Respect life initiatives that protect human life and dignity in every stage of development and circumstance, from conception until natural death.
Social justice initiatives that protect the rights and serve the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the human family, including children, the elderly, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees.
Family life and education initiatives that preserve and support religious liberty, the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the family and parental choice in their children’s education.
During the 2023 General Assembly session, the VCC took positions on more than 60 bills, testified in front of various committees and subcommittees, sent out 21 alerts, and advocated directly with members of the General Assembly.
How We Do It
The Conference advocates by:
Building and maintaining relationships with state and federal lawmakers, as well as other advocacy organizations with shared interests.
Supporting diocesan efforts by providing resources that apply Church teaching to current issues.
Promoting grassroots and grasstops advocacy among Catholics and other people of goodwill. This includes using the VCC email advocacy network and in-person advocacy, such as visits to legislators’ district or capital city offices.
Communicating regularly with parishes and Catholic entities, as well as Catholic and secular print, electronic and social media.
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