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State Legislative Priorities
2019 Legislative Priorities

The Hampton Roads Chamber is the premier pro-business organization serving as an Impactful Advocate for a variety of business-related matters.  We work closely with members of the Virginia General Assembly delegation, municipal leaders, and administrative staff to promote sound policies that allows businesses every opportunity to succeed.

Each year, in collaboration with the Chamber’s Public Policy Advisors, business stakeholders and regional organizations, the Chamber develops a list of critical priorities. Its Board of Directors and staff will use these priorities to guide their actions as they interact with policymakers on issues of importance to you and your business. 

2019 State Legislative Priorities

2019 High-Priority Issue Areas

The Chamber’s 2019 State Legislative Priorities target eight high-priority issue areas:
  • Business Climate

  • Tourism and Film

  • Education and Workforce Development

  • Energy & Natural Resources 

  • Healthcare 

  • Technology Innovation

  • Transportation Infrastructure 

  • Military and Veterans Affairs  

We drive action on these priorities all year long as we seek to set the conditions for business success, job creation, and economic growth. We encourage you state up-to date on the latest legislative developments through our Legislative Reviews and our Virginia General Assembly Accomplishments.

Chamber's Public Policy Advisors

To get involved or join the Chamber's Public Policy Advisors contact a member of our Municipal Affairs / Public Policy team:

Municipal Affairs & Public Policy

Ira Agricola
Executive Vice President, Governmental Affairs
Emily Hasty
Executive Director, Governmental Affairs
Jan Burton
Manager, Municipal Affairs

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added October 11, 2019 by Bryan K. Stephens
added April 1, 2019 by Candace Reid
This year, the Hampton Roads Chamber signaled support for several bills that attempt to address the challenge of rising health care costs for small businesses, but we still need your help and ask that you contact your legislator(s) to oppose the Governor’s substitutes for SB1689 and HB 2443.
added February 22, 2019 by Candace Reid
The Hampton Roads Chamber was engaged on a number of issues during the 2019 Virginia General Assembly session, which is slated to conclude on February 23. Check out this week's Legislative Review.
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