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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