Intergovernmental Relations

The legislative priorities for the City of Norfolk are Coastal Resilience, Strong and Safe Communities, Education, a strong Economy and Transit and Transportation. The city supports policies and legislation that uphold these core principals.

Click here to read the 2020 General Assembly Legislative Agenda

Highlights include:

Coastal and Environmental Resilience

The city supports funding the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund, continued investment in the Storm Water Local Assistance Fund for improvements and installation of effective storm water management controls, a reduce carbon footprint and enhanced alternative energy sources.

Strong and Safe Communities

Norfolk supports providing state assistance to assist localities with aging infrastructure and provide eligible working citizens better access to affordable housing options.  The city also supports legislation that would grant local governments the authority to ban firearms in municipal building, non-school educational facilities, parks and polling places.


Norfolk believes all Virginia children deserve quality education and supports the General Assembly to determine the appropriate funding levels for education, school construction and renovation.  

Transit and Transportation

Norfolk supports expanding Amtrak passenger service and improved rail service between Hampton Roads and Richmond. The city also supports a sustainable source of funding for transportation needs to meet the growing needs of the Commonwealth. 

Strengthening our Economy

The city supports Senate Bill 1126 that allows regulated gaming in the Commonwealth, authorizes host localities to adopt an ordinance for revenue sharing with the operators.  Norfolk believes in preparing adults and students for careers today and tomorrow and supports funding for a innovative, regional Career Technical Education/Workforce Center.