Last week all of the House committees finished their work on bills introduced in the House in advance of "crossover" on Tuesday, February 10th.  Crossover is the mid-point of the Session, when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills for them to then be considered by the other chamber.  Bills to be debated on the House floor this week include measures addressing ethics reform and sexual assault on college campuses.

Two full weeks into the General Assembly Session, the pace has picked up quite a bit. Unfortunately, many bills I supported that would move Virginia forward were killed in committee, including the Governor's gun safety legislation and bills to increase the minimum wage, promote gender pay equity, establish paid sick leave, curb predatory lending, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing and public employment, and provide health care coverage to poor Virginians.

Last week marked the first full week of the 2015 General Assembly Regular Session. In this 45-day "short session" the General Assembly will act quickly on bills and budget amendments. 

The 2015 General Assembly Regular Session convened last week for a "short session" to address a number of bills and budget amendments. Click here for a preview of issues expected to be addressed prepared by the Division of Legislative Services.

Today, Governor McAuliffe presented his proposed budget amendments to the House and Senate money committees, which seek to protect Virginia's education system and prioritize investments that will build a new Virginia economy. 

The Virginia General Assembly Special Session I will reconvene on September 18th to adopt budget amendments to address a shortfall, fill judicial vacancies and address Medicaid expansion and closing Virginia's health care coverage gap. 

This weekend - Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd - Virginians can again take advantage of the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. During this three-day period, purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax.

Last week the General Assembly reconvened to consider the Governor's line item vetoes to the biennial budget passed on June 12th.
Last week was a tumultuous week in Virginia politics that saw control of the Virginia Senate shift back to the Republicans after the resignation of Senator Phil Puckett and the upset defeat of Congressman Eric Cantor by a Tea Party favorite. In the wake of these events, the General Assembly convened to pass a biennial budget. 
Last Wednesday, April 23rd, the General Assembly reconvened for the "Veto Session," to vote on Governor McAuliffe's actions on bills passed during the 2014 Session.  You can read about the Governor's actions, including detailed explanations of his vetoes<a href="
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