UPDATE: House Votes To Extend General Assembly Session

Senate Declines Idea

Posted: March 6, 2014

Daily News-Record

UPDATED 2:10 PM:

The Senate killed a House of Delegates attempt to extend the General Assembly session this afternoon afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the Republican-led House of Delegates approved a resolution to extend the session by 30 days, giving lawmakers more time to work on a $96 billion budget. It requires a two-third majority in both chambers, and only half of the 40 senators — believed to be all 20 Republicans — voted for it.

“The budget is not a term paper. There is no snow-day extension. We’ve been working on this for weeks and we have a firm deadline. It’s Saturday, March 8,” said Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico. (Original story below)

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The Republican-led House of Delegates approved a resolution this morning to extend the General Assembly session by 30 days, giving lawmakers more time to work on a $96 billion budget.

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, said the extended session is a “better method” than a special session that would start next week because it actually gives lawmakers a deadline. The General Assembly ends Saturday, and the House and Senate don’t appear close on a budget deal because of differences on whether to expand Medicaid.

In an extended session, the deadline would be April 7.

The resolution will require a two-third majority in the Senate. The House vote was 70-30.

Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or pknight@dnronline.com



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