Archive for February 2007
Sen. Phil Puckett also posed an interesting question to his colleagues – how could the transportation plan be called a “compromise” when he was excluded from the meetings of his fellow conferees?
The debate on the final GOP transportation plan for transportation is still unfolding in the General Assembly, but already some contrasts are becoming clear.
For example, compare Sen. Russ Potts’ speech (below) with Del. Jeff Frederick’s absence on the most important vote to his constituents this year.
This afternoon, Sen. Russ Potts announced his retirement from the Senate of Virginia. We thank him for his years of service, and wish him all the best.
On the House floor this afternoon, embattled Del. Leo Wardrup expressed a rather keen interest in making it a criminal act to release any images taken by a traffic light photo-monitoring system (the original bill called for a civil penalty).
Now why, pray tell, would Del. Wardrup want to increase the punishment for such a thing?
During this morning’s floor session, Republican leader Morgan Griffith moved to refer SB 1327 to the Appropriations committee, which will not meet before the end of session.
In his speech, Griffith feigned outrage that there had been no debate on the bill when it came up in Commerce & Labor, apparently forgetting that he and his fellow Republicans tried to prevent the bill from ever being heard at all. We captured the whole episode last week.
You can hear Griffith attempt to explain himself – and refuse to yield to any questions – here. (MP3 file, right-click to download)
This morning, the House Privileges and Elections committee heard the final attempt before the General Assembly to establish a nonpartisan redistricting commission, Sen. Creigh Deeds’ SJR 352. The resolution had previously passed the Senate by a 23-17 vote (amended).
Today, Republicans swiftly killed it immediately after Sen. Deeds’ testimony, in an unrecorded vote.
Despite the best efforts of Republicans led by Del. Tim Hugo – who attempted to prevent the bill from even being heard – Sen. Chuck Colgan’s measure to increase the minimum wage was revived in the Commerce and Labor committee this afternoon.
Hugo’s attempt to kill the bill failed, and the committee ultimately voted to report SB 1327 to the full House on a 12-9 vote.