For those not aware, whether in Richmond, or anywhere from Alexandria to Alleghany to the Eastern Shore, you can keep up with your elected officials in Richmond. The General Assembly maintains a good Web site, with bill tracking capability and many other bells and whistles. You can also listen to or watch via Web streaming the floor sessions.
Check it out at http://legis.state.va.us and bookmark it; or, simply find it under Virginia General Assembly on our blog roll. The best way to affect public policy is to stay on top of it and to see and hear what the politicians actually say, especially when they think no one is watching.