Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulations

The Virginia Code Commission seeks comment on proposed revisions to the Regulations of the Virginia Code Commission for Implementing the Virginia Register Act. The purpose of the regulation is to direct and assist state agencies in filing and publishing regulatory actions and in complying with the Virginia Register Act and the provisions of the Administrative Process Act related to the publication of the Virginia Register of Regulations and the Virginia Administrative Code.

The Code Commission has the responsibility of publishing and maintaining the Virginia Administrative Code and publishing the Virginia Register of Regulations as provided for in § 2.2-4031 of the Code of Virginia. The Code Commission's specific authority to adopt regulations is found in § 2.2-4104 of the Code of Virginia, which exempts the regulations from the Administrative Process Act. Additional information on the authority, duties, and responsibilities of the Code Commission and the Registrar is posted at the end of this notice.

The purpose of the action is to update the regulations to reflect changes to the Code of Virginia and current practices for filing and publishing regulatory actions.

The Code Commission approved the proposed amendments on August 19, 2015, for the purpose of soliciting comments from state agencies and other interested parties. A summary of the proposed changes and the text of the proposed regulations with drafting notes are posted following this notice.

Public comment may be submitted through October 13, 2015, to Karen Perrine, Assistant Registrar, Division of Legislative Services, 201 North Ninth Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 786-3591 x261, or email

Establishment of the Virginia Code Commission

The Commission on Code Recodification was created in 1946 as a permanent commission of the legislative branch. (Ch. 400, 1946 Acts of Assembly) In 1948, the Commission was renamed the Virginia Code Commission. The original purpose of the Commission was to create the 1950 Code of Virginia by codifying the Acts of Assembly of 1948 and all statutes enacted prior to and subsequent to 1948.

The Code Commission Today

Today, the Commission's duties, set out in Chapter 15 (§ 30-145 et seq.) of Title 30 of the Code of Virginia, include:

  • Annually supervising the codification of the statutes after each session of the General Assembly.
  • Revising and recodifying individual titles of the Code of Virginia.
  • Reviewing the Code of Virginia and Acts of Assembly to identify obsolete provisions.
  • Arranging for the codification and incorporation into the Code of Virginia of all general, special and limited compacts to which the Commonwealth of Virginia is a party.
  • Compiling and codifying all of the administrative regulations of state agencies into the Virginia Administrative Code.
  • Overseeing the bi-weekly publication of the Virginia Register of Regulations.
  • Monitoring, with the assistance of the Administrative Law Advisory Committee, the operation of the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.) and the Virginia Register Act (§ 2.2-4100 et seq.), to ensure that the laws provide the most practical means for administrative agencies of the Commonwealth to promulgate, amend, and repeal administrative law.

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