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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling can vote on budget amendments

As the General Assembly prepares to return Monday to finish its work on the state’s two-year $85 billion budget, one thing will be different.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, gestures as he is joined by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, left, as they announce their legislative agenda Jan. 4. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican who presides over the Senate, will be able to break tie votes on amendments to the budget.

Bolling can’t vote on the actual budget, which was delayed for weeks as Democrats demanded more spending in some areas, but he can vote on governor’s amendments, including those to the budget, according to Senate Clerk Susan Clarke Schaar.

So while Senate Republicans needed at least one Democratic vote in the evenly divided chamber to pass the budget, they can approve Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments if they all stick together.

McDonnell (R) submitted more than 100 changes to the current budget and next year’s budget. Some were technical while others directed more funds to education, economic development and scientific research.

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