The 2014 General Assembly session is underway in Richmond. Ethics reform nearly topped the agenda at the G-A on Wednesday following a scandal involving outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell, along with his family, received large loans and expensive gifts from a wealthy campaign donor. Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, who will be sworn-in on Saturday, is expected to push for expanding Medicaid in Virginia under the Affordable Care Act. While House of Delegates Republicans remain in firm control, the results of two special elections will determine whether McAuliffe’s Democratic Party or the GOP has the reigns in the Senate.
Governor Bob McDonnell delivers his final State of the Commonwealth Address on Wednesday at the Virginia General Assembly. He apologized for a loan and gift scandal which could lead to criminal charges. McDonnell said he is not perfect, but that he has “always worked tirelessly” to do his very best for Virginia. Video courtesy of WAVY.com
On Wednesday, January 8, legislators from around the Commonwealth of Virginia will head to Richmond for the 2014 session of the General Assembly. Senators and Delegates will represent you so check in on them by taking an active role in the legislative process. Some frequently asked questions “Who is my legislator?” “What bills are being introduced?” Could I attend and speak at a session?” For more information log on to the Virginia General Assembly website: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov
The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days. The Senate of Virginia and the Virginia House of Delegates, both bodies of the Virginia Legislature, meet in the historic, working Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia.
The Governor may call a special session when it is deemed necessary or advisable, and must do so when petitioned by two-thirds of the members of both houses.
A reconvened session is held on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of each regular or special session for the purpose of considering governor’s recommendations and vetoed legislation.
Miss Community will “Keep an Eye on G-A” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with members in Virginia’s State Senate and House of Delegates at 7:11 a.m. as the Virginia General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.