Constitutional amendment; powers of General Assembly, etc. (second reference). (HJ111)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (second resolution); powers of General Assembly; suspension or nullification of administrative rule or regulation. Provides that the General Assembly may suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation by a joint resolution agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each house. The amendment also grants to the General Assembly the authority to authorize a legislative committee or legislative committees acting jointly or a legislative commission to suspend any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation while the General Assembly is not in a regular session. Such suspension would continue until the end of the next regular session. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100955D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/02/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Passed by for the day
02/07/2018Passed by for the day
02/08/2018Passed by for the day
02/09/2018Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/09/2018Rereferred to Privileges and Elections
02/13/2018Left in Privileges and Elections


Ian Springer-Woods writes:

This is a deliberate power grab, and, quite frankly, a weird and wasteful one. A similar law was already struck down in North Carolina after spending a lot of money and time in the courts. While too often governments tend to put too much power in the executive branch, this law swings the other way hard, putting too much power in the congress to cut off almost anything the governor does. If you're the party that controls congress right now, it may seem tempting. But even as a power grab, this would be a temporary gain for a potential long term loss, and headache.