The Legislative Line – Number 3

The 2020 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly began on Wednesday, January 8th, and adjourned Sine Die (Latin for “without another day”) on Thursday, March 12th. Legislators left Richmond close to 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 8th after an exhaustive legislative work day last Saturday that concluded close to midnight, and yet were left with the critical tasks of approving a two-year budget, and electing judges, including electing judges to the State Corporation Commission (SCC).  After a few days back in their districts, legislators returned to Richmond this past Thursday to complete work on all legislation.


For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at

Call for Action – Virginia REALTORS® 2019 General Assembly Agenda

About 20% of Virginia REALTORS® have had to make the unfortunate decision to go without health insurance because of the high costs and limited options available to them. Many others have plans that place a high financial burden on their families.

Several bills in the Virginia General Assembly could help address that problem by more coverage options that could possibly save you money.

Tell you state senators and delegates to support these commonsense health insurance solutions.

Legislative Update #1

VPAR Legislative Line #1

The first full week of the General Assembly Session is in the books! Session officially began on January 9th, and the first few days afterwards were Committee and Caucus organizational meetings, agency presentations and “light” legislative action that did not require a wholesale overview to our members with much news of interest. However, this past week saw much of our agenda receive attention and action. With that in mind, I drafted the attached update to provide a brief overview of where we are playing and having input….and it is widespread, as you can see!


Things are good and positive for us, and we continue to make solid inroads with the House and Senate Democratic Caucus, an important component to our work and that of the overall business community; there is a collective sense that the Dems will take the majorities in both the House and the Senate in the November 2019 elections, so there is a need for them to have a solid understanding of our issues.


Please know the effort and the accomplishments, and the influence of VPAR throughout the General Assembly that extends well beyond our delegation.


I am working on the PPC agenda for our January 29th meeting, as well as scheduling legislative meetings and Capitol meetings for that day. It is coming together nicely!


Stay tuned. Good things are happening!




Susan S. Gaston

The Gaston Group, LLC

A Virginia-Based Government Relations and Public Affairs Firm

205 Par Drive

Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

tel:  757-871-1445

fax: 757-565-4988

Register to Vote

October 15th is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November General Election.  While more than 88 percent of Virginia REALTORS® are registered to vote, we can do better.  If you’re not registered to vote or you’ve moved and need to update your registration, the deadline is approaching.


Eligible residents can visit and register online with the Virginia Department of Elections.  You can also check your registration status, find out information on absentee voting, and learn about what items will appear on your November 6th ballot.


Our goal is to have 100% of our members registered and at their polling place on Election Day. Register today so you can vote for candidates who support REALTOR® issues and policies that protect your business, community, and the rights of private property owners.