Archive for March, 2012

Legislature Adjourns, Unfinished

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The legislature adjured “sine die,” as they say, on March 10, right on schedule, but they’re certainly not done. The primary job of the legislature in even-numbered years is to pass a budget, and that’s something that they couldn’t agree on by the end of the session. (Nor did they manage to appoint all of the necessary judges.) So they’re taking eleven days off before reconvening for a special budget session, starting March 21 (Wednesday of next week). If the two sides will use the intervening time to hammer out a budget deal, then the session may only last a few minutes. After that, they’ll have to convene again for the veto session—when they deal with any bills that have been vetoed by Governor Bob McDonnell—which is scheduled for April 18.