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Where Does My Money Go?,

Auditor of Public Accounts

This website is a user-friendly database of information about the state budget, as well as demographic information about different localities. On the main page, a pie chart provides a breakdown of the top ten appropriations in 2007. Users can search for information about how much local governments received in appropriations, how many driver’s licenses were issued in each locality, and comparisons between budgets for different localities. Each data set is available in excel format, in case users want to create their own graphs or another analysis of it. This website is extremely easy to navigate, and offers a wealth of information about Virginia’s budget.

2007 Attorney General opinion on school transportation,

Robert McDonnell

In this public letter, Attorney General Robert McDonnell responds to a state delegate asking a legal question about school transportation. The delegate requested legal advice about whether or not a school could charge a fee to transport students to…

Virginia General Assembly Homepage,

Virginia General Assembly

This website offers a diverse array of information about the Commonwealth’s legislative branch: live audio and video streams of House and Senate chamber discussions, a guide to contacting your legislator, and information on visiting the Capitol. It is also a portal for Capitol Classroom, an educational resource about the Virginia General Assembly. The website provides core information on the General Assembly, and is a good jumping-off point for further study.

National Conference of State Legislatures,

NCSL

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that provides networking and information services to state legislators from Virginia and around the country. While some services are restricted to legislators, NCSL offers up-to-date information on issues that affect policymakers at the state level, such as the Federal budget, immigration, and ethics. The website is an excellent source for information on State-Federal relations and the division of power.

Capitol Classroom: Just for Teachers,

Virginia General Assembly

Capitol Classroom’s “Just for Teachers’ section offers lesson plans related to the Legislative branch, Capitol building, and civics education in general. An important lesson plan is the “Impact of Government on the Individual,” which can help users think about how government affects their everyday lives. The website also includes a list of key terms and their definitions— everything from George Washington to the House of Delegates mace.

How to Track a Bill: Virginia Legislative Assembly,

Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly has provided a guide on how to track a bill for students in grades 9–12. The guide provides definitions of common terms, such as “standing committee” and “HB.” Ultimately, the guide outlines how to use the Legislative Information System to access anything from bills to daily floor calendars from the Virginia General Assembly. This website is an excellent tool to find out the day-to-day actions of the Virginia General Assembly, as well as how upcoming legislation may affect everyday people.

Local government websites,

Commonwealth of Virginia

This website is a directory of city, county, town, community, commission, and other local government websites. Virginians can find information regarding their own community or other local governments throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Governor Kaine Announces Energy Saving Donation in Virginia State Parks,

Gordon Hickey, Gary Waugh, and Jeb Hockman

One of Governor Kaine's initiatives is to create a clean energy plan in Virginia. This document provides an example of how that policy is carried out on a local level. Certain electric companies agreed to work with the state to donate more energy…

Virginia Energy Plan,

Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)

Part of the process of government is figuring out how to turn policy into a practical plan. For example, Governor Kaine and other state officials hope to implement a clean, affordable energy policy in Virginia. What steps can they take to do this?…

Governor Tim Kaine's Prepared Remarks: Plan to Address Shortfall,

Timothy M. Kaine

In response to economic problems, Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine issued the state's official revenue forecast. Due to the economic recession, the state received less money from taxes, the federal government, and other sources. The state…