The 2018 General Assembly will convene on January 11 and adjourn by the end of February. The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) will have a lobby day on January 22. In preparation for Conservation Lobby Day, Virginia Conservation Network will host a webinar during which experts will brief participants on the major issues anticipated in the 2018 session. The date for the webinar is still being determined.
The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold its annual public hearing at the Fairfax County Government Center, conference rooms 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m. You can find EQAC’s annual report here. EQAC presented it to the Board of Supervisors on November 21.
The new General Assembly will convene on January 11 and adjourn by the end of February. VCN will have a lobby day on January 22. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be inaugurated governor on January 13. You can find key dates for the state legislature here.
The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board recently unanimously approved a draft regulation to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and connect Virginia to a carbon-trading network of nine other states.
Local governments manage local parks, waste, land use, schools, construction and development and more. Local government managers (for counties, they are called county executives) are now preparing the FY 2019 budgets that they will propose to the elected officials to whom they report. Arlington County invites residents to submit ideas and comments here. Check your local government for the schedule and ways to make suggestions.
National Audubon urges members to contact Members of Congress and encourage them “to uphold and support America’s conservation programs.” Visit Action Audubon. National Audubon is also fighting efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Info here.