Virginia Politics: General Assembly


Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Former Va. House budget leader gets 9 1/2 years for extortion, bribery

The then-appropriations committee member solicited a job as head of a training center he helped create with $500,000 in taxpayer money.

By The Associated Press  |  12:42 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  General Assembly, House of Delegates

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Va. school cafeterias can learn how to buy local food

Two lawmakers from opposite parties and opposite ends of Virginia have teamed up to encourage school cafeterias to serve more food from local farms. Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Emmet W. Hanger, Jr. (R-Augusta) both introduced bills -- HB1549 and SB1090 -- in the recently concluded Virginia General Assembly to remove barriers that might prevent school purchasing officers from buying from local food producers....

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/01/2011

McDonnell vows to gain a seat on Metro Board despite legislature's inaction

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he will continue to work to get a seat on the Metro Board of Directors after the General Assembly's failure to include language to that effect in the state budget that was passed unanimously Sunday night. House negotiators had tried to put a provision in the budget that would give Virginia's governor the power to appoint a board member, but their Senate counterparts balked. "I have been extremely clear with the leaders in Northern Virginia that it is absolutely wrong for Virginia to pay $50 million a year and have no seat at the table,'' McDonnell told reporters. "The federal government has two seats. Maryland has got a seat. D.C.'s got a seat. Virginia has got none ... I'm going to continue to pursue that. One way or another, we are going to have a Virginia seat on that board and I'm fully committed to...

By Anita Kumar  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Budget deal drops requirement that Cuccinelli track staff time

Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) will face no legislative requirement that he keep track of his staff's time.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/28/2011

McDonnell talks to Obama at the White House

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell missed a National Governors Association dinner at the White House with President Obama Sunday night because the General Assembly adjourned its annual legislative session a day late. Instead, McDonnell (R) left for Washington immediately after adjournment Sunday night in time to join other governors for a meeting with Obama at the White House Monday morning and then lunch with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). McDonnell said he expected to spend the day talking about immigration, offshore drilling, health care and budgets. "I think there are honestly some difference of opinion between Republican and Democratic governors on maybe the health care approach and so forth, but there is universal concern about unfunded federal mandates on state government,'' McDonnell told reporters before he left for Washington. "Unfunded federal mandates that undermine flexibility for governors to make individual choices for their states."...

By Anita Kumar  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Legislators act on thousands of bills during session

Virginia lawmakers considered 2,692 bills during their 47-day session, which ended one day late Sunday. They passed 1,599 of them and killed hundreds of others. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has 30 days from adjournment to consider most bills, though some had to be considered in just a week of being sent to him if more than seven days remained of the session. He has already signed 15 bills. Legislators will return to Richmond April 6 to act on the governor's amendments and vetoes. Check out our round-up of how major legislation fared here....

By Anita Kumar  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 02/27/2011

Early morning budget deal struck in Virginia General Assembly

Leading members of the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate reached a deal on revisions to the state's two year budget around 1:30 a.m. Sunday as weary delegates and senators broke deadlocks in health and human resources and public safety spending.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar  |  11:36 AM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 02/26/2011

State legislators will return Sunday to complete budget

State legislators expect to return to the Capitol late Sunday to vote on revisions to Virginia's two-year budget. House and Senate negotiators continued meeting late Saturday, but differences on public safety, higher education and social services spending still remained. They were hopeful they could complete work on a compromise by midnight. Legislative staffers would then work throughout the night and morning to review and print the budget before they land on lawmakers' desks early Sunday afternoon. Legislators would likely vote on the budget about 5 p.m. The 46-day session was scheduled to end Saturday. It will be the sixth session extension in a decade. An extra day of session usually costs $20,000 for each additional day the legislature meets, but the House voted to reject its per diem. House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) said budget negotiators had made "pretty good progress" and were 80 percent done with amendments...

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  08:43 PM ET, 02/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate