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House Republicans agree to live floor session feed.
There’s great news from the legislature today—the House Republican Caucus has OKd the broadcast of video and audio from floor sessions. Better still, the General Assembly’s tech staff is going to have the infrastructure up and running in time for this session, providing both audio and video. They’ve got the capacity to serve video to …
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Unanimity in the legislature.
Fun fact: of the 1,177 floor votes held in the General Assembly last year, 321 were unanimous, and 887 had at most very light opposition. Just 25 votes were seriously contested, by which I mean the final vote was within 5% of 50%. The legislature is, in a lot of ways, a pretty boring place.
House Republicans agree to halt secret votes.
House Republicans in the General Assembly have assented to end their practice of holding secret subcommittee votes to kill bills, which they’ve used to kill hundreds (perhaps thousands) of bills in the past few years. Nobody with two brain cells to rub together thought it was a good idea. This practice that would have been …
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House facing 15 bill/delegate limitation.
Under new rules of the House of Delegates, effect come January’s session, they’ve limited their members to introducing 15 bills per person, 10 pre-filed and 5 after the session begins. Assuming that delegates remain within their self-enforced rules, compare last year’s 2,234 bills to a maximum of 1,500 this time around. That’s a 33% drop …
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House Republicans to oppose nonpartisan redistricting?
From the latest RPV newsletter: We are well positioned to have a sweep of statewide offices and expand our majority in the House of Delegates. And, make no mistake, redistricting is on the ballot. Our ability to protect and expand our numbers for the next decade hangs in the balance. If House Republicans had a …
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VA House Dems’ podcast series.
The Virginia House Democratic Caucus has a great-looking new site (at least, I’ve never seen it before, so I assume it’s new), complete with a new podcast series.
Bob Marshall’s faux transportation bills.
Del. Bob Marshall is just taking his annual torrent of useless, not-a-chance-in-hell bills and refiling them with vague references to transportation as a part of this special transportation session of the General Assembly. His bill to consolidate the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Science Museum of Virginia didn’t even get out of committee …
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Morgan Griffith joins Albo’s law firm.
Well, ain’t this interesting? H. Morgan Griffith has joined the law firm Albo & Oblon, L.L.P. as a Partner. He will be Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s new Roanoke/Salem office. Initially, he will be one of two lawyers at that office. He will continue his practice of criminal and civil litigation. That’s from a press release …