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General Assembly Accepts Vetoes, Rejects Key Amendments

The General Assembly was unable to overturn any of Governor McAuliffe’s vetoes, though the House of Delegates rejected amendments to 11 bills with fiscal impacts that would delay their implementation until the passage of a budget. Republican Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee says the amendments were unnecessary and selective. McAuliffe says it was fiscally irresponsible to sign the bills with no budget agreement in sight, amounting to multiple unfunded mandates. The Governor can now veto each of these 11 bills without the legislature’s ability to override. The vetoed bills, which will not become law, include one to protect religious speech in public schools, another that would have allowed chaplains in the Virginia National Guard to use sectarian references in sermons and one that would allow drivers who receive tickets from red-light camera’s the right to contest them in court.