The General Assembly adjourned on schedule this year, immediately after approving both a package of amendments to the 2012-2014 Biennial Budget and higher taxes to fund transportation. While those two measures garnered most of the headlines, more than 800 bills have been approved and forwarded to the Governor.
With just one week remaining before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn, there has been a lot of activity in Richmond. Conferees were selected to negotiate amendments to the state’s biennial budget and the transportation funding packages. A lot of legislation has either been approved and sent onto the Governor or defeated. And, the week marked St. Valentine’s Day, which invariably results in the General Assembly Building being awash in chocolate for a few days.
Some of the biggest issues of the session were debated this week, making for one event-filled day after another. The Governor’s transportation plan was up for a vote on the House floor on Tuesday. Crossover, the halfway mark of the legislative calendar came that day, too. And on Thursday, the House and the Senate approved different versions of amendments to the state’s two-year budget.
This week saw unseasonably warm temperatures come to Richmond, immediately followed by the customarily frigid temperatures that bring in the month of February. We are now at the halfway point of the General Session, and during the week ahead we will pass crossover and both the House and Senate will consider their respective versions of legislation amending the state’s two-year budget. As a result, the week to come is one of the most eventful of the General Assembly session.
RICHMOND — Two bills sponsored by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County, won second-round approval in the House of Delegates after some questioning from other lawmakers.