Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

February 2011

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Sen. McDougle's Weekly General Assembly Update - 2.18.11

Thu, 2011-02-17 19:00 -- ajohnston

The 2011 General Assembly session has entered the home stretch.  With just one full week remaining before the scheduled adjournment on February 26, legislative workdays are getting longer as lawmakers work to finish the process of hearing the hundreds of bills still under consideration this session.

 

This year, the final legislative week begins with a holiday.  As I have noted before however, holidays during a General Assembly session are marked by debate and votes, not days off.  February 21 is Washington’s Birthday. 

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Transportation Funding Explained - Sen. John Watkins

Wed, 2011-02-16 19:00 -- ajohnston

In my message to you last week, I covered a number of subjects, with corresponding results, from my recent constituent survey.  Interestingly, the results of my constituent survey mirrored my views in almost every instance.

I feel one of the topics, however, deserved a more detailed coverage this week, in light of the fact that the opinion of the majority of you responding differed from mine.  The following is an in-depth explanation of where the General Assembly is headed in the area of transportation funding.

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Eminent Domain and the Budget: an update from Sen. Obenshain

Thu, 2011-02-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

When I get up every morning during session, I know that my job is to go to the Capitol and to stand strong for basic foundational principles. These are principles that are immutable and not open for negotiation - principles like individual liberty, limited constitutional government, and personal responsibility.  You don't go to bed one night thinking that government has grown too large and costs too much, then wake up the next morning with a different view.

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Sen. McWaters' General Assembly Update - Feb. 11, 2011

Thu, 2011-02-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

Tuesday marked the ceremonial half-way point of this year's session and included a number of rare occurrences. First, my colleagues and I made one final attempt to have bills that were killed in subcommittees, such as a property rights amendment and a secret ballot amendment, heard before the full Senate. We used a parliamentary remedy known as a discharge. When a bill has been assigned to a committee and that committee refuses to act on it, members can ask for a vote to bring the bill directly before the Senate, effectively discharging the committee of its responsibility.

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Norment News - February 11, 2011

Thu, 2011-02-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

The ceremonial half-way point of the General Assembly session, Crossover, came and went this week, as did the unveiling of competing spending plans from the Senate and House.  It was an eventful week, as my Republicans colleagues and I joined to attempt a parliamentary maneuver that had not been used in the Senate in more than 20 years and Lt. Governor Bolling cast two rare tie-breaking votes.

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Sen. McDougle's Crossover General Assembly Update

Thu, 2011-02-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

The halfway mark of the General Assembly session, referred to commonly as Crossover, was reached this week.  By that point, the Senate must have acted upon legislation filed by its members, and the House must have done the same.  Now, the House will be considering bills filed by Senators that have been approved by the Senate, while the Senate will consider bills filed by Delegates and approved by the House. 

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Senator Martin's Legislative Update - February 11, 2011

Thu, 2011-02-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

The half-way point of the General Assembly session, Crossover, came and went this week, as did the unveiling of competing spending plans from the Senate and House. It was an eventful week. As I noted in an earlier column, there has been some tension between Republican and Democratic Senators over adherence to the Senate Rules.