In addition to passing a budget this weekend, members of the House of Delegates failed to override the Governor’s veto of the so-called “Defund Planned Parenthood” bill. Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 22-64 last Tuesday (2/21).
The General Assembly is entering its last day before its scheduled adjournment. Lawmakers spent Thursday (2/23) wrapping up unfinished business.
Still contested bills have now been sent into conference committees, but the most detailed work of the session has already been done.
Governor Terry McAuliffe says over 1,000 Virginians lost their lives to opioid abuse last year. Today (2/23) he signed several bills which aim to combat the problem.
One bill would allow community organizations to dispense Naloxone, a drug which can reverse an overdose in progress. Ginny Atwood Lovitt says that drug would have saved her brother’s life. “I talk to people all the time who have used this and it’s very easy and fast acting. Sometimes people will go from laying on the ground blue to walking and talking in 30 seconds to a minute,” said Lovitt.