In 1989, the Virginia General Assembly made several relatively minor, but significant, changes to the Virginia Administrative Process Act (VAPA). These amendments modified the manner in which agencies may promulgate regulations and conduct informal fact finding hearings. Two new exemptions to the VAPA were created: one for rules for the conduct of specific lottery games; and a second for orders condemning shellfish growing areas. In other changes, rulemaking proceedings conducted by the State Water Control Board (SWCB), certain decisions of the Board of Social Services, and amendments to standards for asbestos inspections became subject to different provisions of the VAPA.
James E. Ryan Jr. & Renata M. Scruggs,
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Administrative Procedure,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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