The probability that the Virginia General Assembly will not complete its work by its scheduled Saturday adjournment has grown to a near-certainty.
House of Delegates GOP leaders on Tuesday called on the Senate to set aside its version of Medicaid expansion—known as Marketplace Virginia—to speed up passage of what Republicans are calling a “clean budget” without it. They also proposed a special session just to consider expanding the Medicaid program.
If Governor McAuliffe signs the legislation, people will have more incentive to settle down in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Senate has just passed a House bill that allows those who are interested in purchasing a house for the first time to establish an interest-earning, home-buying savings account.
Young people under the age of 18 would no longer be permitted to buy electronic cigarettes under legislation that’s in its final stage at the General Assembly. The bill targets the delivery devices—regardless of their shape or size—and the related vapor products that contain nicotine..
One reason it's prudent for lawmakers to review the fine print of amendments offered to the Virginia state budget is because it may contain legislation that might not pass both houses on its own. Such is the case with an amendment approved by the House and attached to its version of the state budget. It directs the executive branch on how to proceed in controversial cases, such as the lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
It was budget day at the State Capitol. The House and Senate mull over and pass their respective budget proposals, which are then sent to the opposite chambers. That's typically when the lines in the sand are drawn. Although each version makes significant changes in former Governor McDonnell's 96-billion dollar draft, the lines were drawn well before today over one issue—Medicaid expansion.