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Senate GOP Supports McDonnell Decision on Special Session

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Thu, 2010-10-21 20:00 -- ajohnston
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SENATE REPUBLICANS APPLAUD GOVERNOR McDONNELL’S DECISION TO PURSUE ABC REFORM DURING REGULAR SESSION

WILLIAMSBURG, Va, 22 October 2010:  Senate of Virginia Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Stephen D. Newman (R-Lynchburg) today issued the following statements regarding Governor McDonnell’s announcement that his Administration would submit proposals to end the Commonwealth of Virginia’s retail operations for alcohol sales during the 2011 regular session of the General Assembly:

  • Senator Norment: “Governor McDonnell has made the correct call in determining that a regular legislative session would provide the best opportunity to collaboratively build support for getting the Commonwealth out of the retail liquor business.  It is also a choice that will save the Commonwealth the added expense of holding a special session.  As demonstrated by the Governor’s substantial victory in the 2009 election, Virginians strongly support limited government and want legislators to focus the Commonwealth’s resources on providing core services.  Governor McDonnell has chosen the best route to accomplish these goals.”
  • Senator Newman: “The Governor’s announcement stands in stark contrast to the choices made by his predecessor, who would call a special session lacking any substantial support for his proposals.  This Administration is again demonstrating its commitment to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the General Assembly.  By deciding to pursue this goal during a regular legislative session, Governor McDonnell is wisely relying on a proven route to accomplish important change.”