Analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses Joe Morrissey, re-elected to his House of Delegates seat from jail, the opening of the General Assembly, Gov. McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth address and the retirement of several moderate senators.
The state Senate Education and Health Committee has passed a bill on an 8-7 party line vote that would deny in state tuition for undocumented immigrants with Deferred Action Status.
Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion last April that existing state and federal law allows those with certain types of temporary status to establish domicile in Virginia and collect in-state tuition, like any other student.
The bill’s patron, Republican Senator Dick Black of Loudon, says that subjects Virginia to unforeseen problems.
Speaker of the House Bill Howell has removed embattled Democratic-turned-independent Delegate Joe Morrissey from all of his committee assignments and says further disciplinary action will come soon.
Morrissey was sworn into office again Wednesday, now as an independent. He was shut out by his party following his conviction last month of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Speaker Howell said Morrissey’s actions required consequences.
Governor Terry McAuliffe delivered his first State of the Commonwealth address last night (1/14). He asked the General Assembly for help growing the economy and made appeals for several high priority Democratic causes with little Republican support.
Governor McAuliffe warns that defense cuts brought on by sequestration already hurting the Virginia economy will only get worse and that the state must grow new business opportunities in other areas, not dependent on federal spending.
Earlier tonight (January 14, 2015), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered his State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. The Democratic governor's address in the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol was followed by a response from Republican leaders.