Finance and Appropriations Committee

Finance and Appropriations Committee


Meets on: Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room B, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members: Janet Howell (Chair) – George Barker – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Emmett Hanger – Mamie Locke – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Jennifer McClellan – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Chap Petersen – Frank Ruff – Dick Saslaw – Jill Vogel

(11 Democrats and 5 Republicans)


  • Capital Outlay
  • Claims
  • Economic Development and Natural Resources
  • General Government
  • Health and Human Resources
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Public Safety
  • Resources
  • Transportation



From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Finance, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning auditing; bills and resolutions for appropriations; the budget of the Commonwealth; claims; general and special revenues of the Commonwealth; all taxation and all matters concerning the expenditure of funds of the Commonwealth.”


VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)


Meets on: Friday at 8:00 a.m. in Subcommittee Room #1 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members:   Creigh Deeds(Chair),  Janet Howell,   Emmett HangerMamie Locke,  Tommy Norment  Dick Saslaw

Capital Outlay

Meets on: Friday at 8:00 a.m. in Subcommittee Room #1 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members:  Creigh Deeds (Chair), Janet HowellEmmett Hanger,
Mamie Locke,   Tommy Norment,  Dick Saslaw


Meets on: Meets on Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members:  John Edwards (Chair),  Louise Lucas,   Chap Petersen,   Jill Vogel

Economic Development and Natural Resources

Meets on: Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersDave Marsden (Chair),   Janet Howell,    Emmett Hanger,  Frank RuffDick Saslaw

General Government

Meets on: Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in Leadership Conference Room, 6th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersChap Petersen (Chair),   Adam Ebbin,  Mamie Locke,  Steve NewmanTommy Norment,   Jill Vogel

Health and Human Resources

Meets on: Monday at 4:00 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersJanet Howell (Chair),  George BarkerCreigh Deeds,  Adam EbbinJohn EdwardsEmmett Hanger,  Jennifer McClellan,   Jill Vogel

Higher Education

Meets on: Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersMamie Locke (Chair),  Janet Howell,  John Edwards,  Tommy Norment,  Frank RuffDick Saslaw

K-12 Education

Meets on: Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersDick Saslaw (Chair),  Janet Howell,  Jennifer McClellanSteve NewmanTommy Norment

Public Safety

Meets on: Meets on Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

MembersLouise Lucas (Chair),  Adam EbbinJohn EdwardsDave Marsden,  Tommy NormentChap PetersenFrank Ruff


Meets on: Meets on Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

MembersJanet Howell (Chair),  George BarkerJennifer McClellanSteve NewmanTommy Norment


Meets on: Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, Pocahontas Building

Members:  George Barker (Chair)Creigh Deeds,  Emmett Hanger,  Dave MarsdenJennifer McClellanSteve Newman,  Dick Saslaw


Bills in committee   

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

(none at this time)

Bills Passed

Commissions & Boards

Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia, Higher Education

Source: Webpage

The Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees shall each appoint four members from their respective committees to a Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education to (a) review ways to maintain and improve the quality of higher education, while providing for broad access and affordability; (b) examine the impact of financial, demographic, and competitive changes on the sustainability of individual institutions and the system as a whole; (c) identify best practices to make the system more efficient, including shared services, institutional flexibility, and easily accessible academic pathways; (d) evaluate the use of distance education and online instruction across the Commonwealth and appropriate business models for such programs; (e) review current need-based financial aid programs and alternative models to best provide for student affordability and completion; (f) review the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on the study of the cost efficiency of higher education institutions and make recommendations to their respective committees on the implementation of those recommendations; (g) study the effectiveness and value of transfer students; (h) evaluate the effectiveness of dual enrollment in reducing the cost of higher education; and (i) study the effectiveness of preparing teachers to enter the K-12 system.

Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission

Source: Webpage

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) is a key component of the legislative oversight function in Virginia. Legislative oversight is an important part of government accountability. It is how the Virginia General Assembly ensures that the funds it has appropriated are used effectively and efficiently by state and local agencies. Legislative oversight is also how the General Assembly assesses the performance of the agencies and programs it creates.

Auditor of Public Accounts (APA)

Source: Website

The Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) is the legislative external auditor for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s agencies, colleges, universities and municipal courts.

Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates

Source: Webpage

Review revenue estimates with respect to economic assumptions and the general climate of the Commonwealth.

Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress

Source: Webpage

The goals and objectives of the Joint Subcommittee will be to review (i) savings opportunities from increased regional cooperation and consolidation of services, including by jointly operating or merging small school divisions; (ii) local responsibilities for service delivery of state-mandated or high priority programs, (iii) causes of fiscal stress among local governments, (iv) potential financial incentives and other governmental reforms to encourage increased regional cooperation; and (v) the different taxing authorities of cities and counties.

Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences

Source: Webpage

To oversee the evaluation of Virginia’s tax preferences, including but not limited to tax credits, deductions, subtractions, exemptions, and exclusions.

Board of Trustees Veterans Services Foundation

Source: Webpage

The Foundation shall (i) administer the Veterans Services Fund (the Fund), (ii) provide funding for veterans services and programs in the Commonwealth through the Fund, and (iii) raise revenue from all sources including private source fundraising to support the Fund.


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