Playing by the rules in special session

Playing by the rules in special session
Special Session playing by the rules
Playing by the rules at special session!
Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter
August 23, 2020

The General Assembly special session convened on Tuesday, with the Senate meeting in the Science Museum of Virginia, and the House meeting in the VCU basketball arena. But there were some immediate disagreements over rules for the special session, delaying action.

Legislative Update

House Democrats fight to meet safely and virtually
  • COVID-19 Phase 3 guidelines include encouraging telework limiting in-person work gatherings, and keeping any such meetings as short as possible. 
    • To best comply, Majority Leader Herring (HD-46) introduced a resolution to amend the House rules to direct that the session be held virtually. 
    • It required a 2/3 vote for the House to consider the resolution immediately on the floor, and the motion to do so failed on a party-line vote.
    • As a result, the resolution has to “lie upon the Speaker’s table for five days and be read by the House” after which it can be considered and approved by a simple majority.
    • The fifth day will be Monday, so the House should be able to get going hearing bills in committee shortly thereafter.
Senate Democrats move quickly on police and criminal justice reform
…a few new bills to watch

If any of the above bills are important to you, now is the time to contact your legislators and tell them how this bill affects you and your family. Contact information for Delegates and Senators can be found HERE; if you aren’t sure who represents you, put your address in HERE to find out.

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Virginia 22116-2612 United States

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