Administrative Law Advisory Committee

Va. Code § 30-155 establishes the Virginia Administrative Law Advisory Committee ("ALAC"), which was established in 1994 to assist the Virginia Code Commission with its oversight authority over the operation and effectiveness of the Virginia Administrative Process Act (APA) and Virginia Register Act. ALAC is a legislative branch agency, which may consist of representatives from the business community, local government, the state bar, state agencies, the academic community, the Virginia Supreme Court, public interest associations and other interested parties. The 12-member body holds publicly-noticed meetings outside of the regular General Assembly session and presents an annual report comprising findings and recommendations to the Virginia Code Commission.  Members are appointed to two-year terms by the Code Commission.

Between 1994 and 2001, ALAC recommended several important amendments to Virginia's APA:

  • Eliminate the requirement to publish regulatory notices in newspaper
  • Require annual filing and publication of agency guidance document lists
  • Clarify steps a petitioner must take to perfect a petition for rulemaking and agency responsibilities, including publication in the Virginia Register
  • Establish fast-track rulemaking process for non-controversial regulations

Following reorganization in 2007, ALAC has studied exemptions to Virginia's APA, incorporation by reference, guidance documents, regulatory review, revisions to the Hearing Officer Deskbook, and the 2010 Model Administrative Procedures Act, study of which continued through 2014.

Contact Information

Commonwealth of Virginia
Administrative Law Advisory Committee
Virginia Code Commission
Pocahontas Building, 8th Floor
900 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Program Coordinator
Andrew Kubincanek
akubincanek@dls.virginia.gov
(804) 698-1827