The 2024 General Assembly session is underway and on Feb. 13, we reached Crossover, the midway point of the General Assembly session. Crossover is the day in the legislative session where bills from the originating chamber must "cross over" to the other to be considered. Bills that didn’t crossover by February 13 are effectively dead for the session.
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- All constitutional amendments, including for reproductive freedom, right to vote, and same-sex marriage ban repeal, were continued to the 2025 session, meaning they will be considered during next January’s session rather than this one. This is a procedural step because traditionally, constitutional amendments are introduced on odd number years before a House of Delegates election, like the 2025 elections. We’re deeply committed to working to put these constitutional amendments on the 2026 ballot for Virginia voters to decide.
- All bills seeking to harm trans people introduced this session were defeated.
- All abortion bans introduced this session were defeated.
- All classroom censorship bills introduced this session were defeated.
- Several criminal legal reform bills we support, including the Second Look legislation, made it through Crossover.
Know your legislative process:
- The bills that start with “SB” (Senate Bill) originate in the Senate and the bills that start with “HB” (House Bill) originate in the House. Senate Bills (SBs) must first pass the Senate, then cross over to the House, and vice versa for House Bills.
- When you see a Senate Bill and a House Bill listed together, they are companion bills that are either identical or practically identical bills. When a Senate Bill and a House Bill are identical, they are sometimes called “cognates.”
- Sometimes, one of the companion bills makes it through Crossover while the other one doesn’t.
- If any bill crosses over and is passed by the other chamber, meaning a Senate Bill is passed by the House or vice versa, then:
- It goes to the governor’s desk to be signed, vetoed, or amended; or
- If it was amended during the process, so that it’s different from the version passed by the initial chamber, then the original chamber can either agree to the changes or send the bill to a “conference committee” to iron out the differences between the bills before they are sent to the governor’s desk.
- No matter whether a bill has a companion or cognate, it must ultimately pass both chambers in an identical form.