WILLIAMSBURG, VA, 4 JUNE 2019: Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Ralph S. Northam’s (D) call for a special session of the General Assembly:
“It is Governor Northam’s constitutional prerogative to call the General Assembly into special session, and the members of the Senate Republican Caucus will be in attendance. The Senate of Virginia will proceed according to its Rules, giving all legislation the same public hearings and fair consideration received during a regular session.
“By calling the General Assembly into special session absent a specific plan or legislative package that hasn’t already been considered, the Governor’s actions today are in stark contrast to the deliberative approach employed by then-Governor Kaine after the murders at Virginia Tech. Disappointingly, this governor has opted for political posturing over solutions.
“The people of Virginia Beach, joined by all Virginians, continue to grieve last Friday’s horrendous murders. As the families directly affected are forced to say their final goodbyes to their loved ones, our hearts break with theirs and they remain in our prayers. They, and not politics, are our foremost priority.”