Augusta Free Press

Budget conference report now available online

The Virginia General Assembly budget conference report is now available online. In accordance with new rules changes announced last month by Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), the House will wait 48 hours before taking a final vote. The conference report is available at

On January 30, Speaker Howell announced a series of changes to improve budget transparency, including providing members with a comprehensive list of all (i) non-state agency requests, (ii) new items in the conference report not included in the budget originally passed by either chamber and (iii) items similar to legislation that failed in either chamber. The full memo in which the rules changes were announced is available at

Speaking about the transparency measures Speaker Howell said, “The new transparency rules we adopted this year in the House were based on good recommendations from Delegates Terry Kilgore, Ben Cline, and John O’Bannon. More sunlight on the work of the General Assembly will further empower the constituents we work for to demand the best of their elected leaders. This is a conservative, responsible budget that invests money in core priorities like state police officers and teachers, while eliminating debt and new fees proposed by Governor McAuliffe.”

The House will take up the conference report on Thursday.

Budget Conference Report Highlights


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Local Government


Higher Education


Healthcare Safety Net


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