Va. legislators set to reconvene for special session on budget

Va. legislators set to reconvene for special session on budget

Because the Virginia General Assembly adjourned its regular session on March 8, 2014 without a budget, Governor Terry McAuliffe called for a special session to start March 24. Legislators will then consider budget bills to be sent to them by the governor. The bills will likely be quickly amended to mirror the changes the House and Senate adopted during the regular session.

The budget conferees will continue to meet during the special session and will try to find common ground over things like Medicaid expansion. But with the Democrat controlled Senate strongly supporting expansion and the Republican House opposing it, finding middle ground likely will remain elusive. At a minimum, a protracted special session is in the offing.

Governor McAuliffe has signed the two bills approved by the General Assembly that repeal the $64 additional annual registration fee imposed in 2013 on hybrid vehicles. While the fee will no longer be levied on gas/electric hybrids, it will continue on all-electric motor vehicles.

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