Crossover in the General Assembly brings focus to charter schools, the barter economy, and ethics as the Assembly enters the second half of its session.
A bill to allow all Virginia law enforcement officers’s names to be withheld from the public would be the first of its kind in the country.
The House and Senate will unveil their budgets on Sunday (2/21). Though senior negotiators say we’ve had several years of surplus revenues, they’re still working to undo the damage done by the great recession.
The House of Delegates hopes to begin fully funding the state’s retirement system this year, as well as accelerating a $189 million dollar plus interest repayment to the pension plan.
They’ll also put potential surplus dollars toward outstanding bonds for construction projects across the Commonwealth.
Entering the second half of the session, the General Assembly is focused on the upcoming budget.
The House and Senate have passed bills that allow limited residential lodging service websites such as Airbnb and FlipKey to do business in Virginia, though localities and the hotel industry have concerns.
The bill’s house patron, Republican Delegate Chris Peace of Hanover says the sites will create jobs, grow Virginia’s travel industry, allow homeowners to earn income, and create millions of dollars in new revenue for cash strapped local governments.