On July 1, 2010, nearly 900 new laws passed during this year’s General Assembly session will take effect. Among that legislation are dozens of bills sponsored by members of the Senate Republican Caucus.
Senate Republicans today highlighted their successes as the General Assembly adjourned the 2010 session sine die. In addition to addressing a budget shortfall in excess of $4 billion, Senate Republicans focused on issues of importance to Virginia’s families and businesses during the 2010 session.
Senate Republicans today highlighted their successes as the General Assembly reached its symbolic midway point of Crossover. Starting today, the Senate can only consider bills sent over from the House of Delegates and those bills passed by the Senate will be before the House.
Today, Senate Democrats exercised a partisan power play by using procedural tactics to defeat two bills sponsored by Republican legislators on party-line votes. The Senate voted to re-refer Senate Bills 601 and 102 to the Committee on Finance with a recommendation that they be carried over for the year. Senate Bill 601, patroned by Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), dealt with the allocation of future offshore drilling royalties. Senate Bill 102, patroned by Sen.
The Virginia Conservative Caucus today unveiled its 2010 legislative agenda featuring over 53 pieces of legislation. The agenda focused on three themes: "Encouraging Job Creation, Progress & Opportunity", "Strengthening & Protecting Families", and "Limiting Government & Defending Freedom."
Today Virginia State Senator Steve Newman introduced a Senate Resolution asking the United States Department of Justice to deny the original transfer request by the Commonwealth of Virginia to send Jens Soering to his native country Germany.
The largest attended Capitol news conference of the 2010 Session highlighted what I consider the most important task our state government faces, namely getting our people back to work. Unemployment in Virginia is much, much more than a statistic. It is neighbors, friends or family members who are denied the opportunity to provide for themselves or their families.
Senator Jill H. Vogel (Fauquier) has introduced SB 626 to create a bipartisan commission to conduct Virginia's redistricting processes. The legislation would establish a seven-member temporary commission to prepare districts for the House of Delegates, the Senate, and Congress every ten years.
Sen. Vogel headlined a press conference advocating the legislation on January 25. The following are media hits from that press conference: