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Legislative Updates

VAM serves as an advocate for museums, has presented testimony before hearings, and regularly provides information on the Virginia and District of Columbia museum community to elected officials.Through our Legislative Updates, we keep members informed about legislation of interest. Our Advocacy Alerts let members know when it is time to act on an issue – send an email, make a phone call, and get involved!


URGENT! The President released his proposed FY18 budget on Tuesday, May 23, and the news for arts organizations and other cultural programs is not good. In this proposal, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services would all be eliminated. We need to be a unified voice, talking to our legislators about how these programs provide critical, positive support for our communities. We have limited time to get our message across!
Here are some resources that can help you advocate now for these important institutions.


Take a look at all of our Advocacy Alerts in our News and Publications section

Read AAM's Guide to Election Year Advocacy.


Review the Bills of Interest for the General Assembly's 2017 session.   UPDATE: See where these bills are as of February 8th!


One of the issues that is getting a lot of attention this session is some movement to eliminate social studies assessments throughout K-12 education in Virginia.  You can read more in these resources provided to us by the Virginia Department of Education:


Final Review of Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Establishing the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, Parts I-VII (8VAC 20-131) (Proposed Stage)


Final Review of Proposed Revised 2017 English Standards of Learning


Final Review of Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Governing Local School Boards and School Divisions (8VAC 20-720) Regarding Use of Sexually Explicit Instructional Materials (Proposed Stage)


Report on 2017 General Assembly

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