Virginia's state budget talks break down, special session likely

  • Virginia's state budget talks break down, special session likely

Virginia's state budget talks break down, special session likely

On Thursday, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said he was confident he had enough votes for the bill to pass the Senate; however, the likelihood of it getting through the House in its current state was much lower, with many Republican and Democrat legislators expressing concerns.

Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, tweeted out that Senate Bill 1 will not be voted on today; instead, it was recommitted to the State and Local Government Committee.

House Bill 4145, which was finalized Tuesday and ended nine days statewide walkout of school employees, offers the raise to teachers, service personnel and state police.

"This legislation is not flawless, make no mistake, but, for anyone who has been yelling about mental health and making sure risky individuals can't get their hands on a firearm, that is exactly what this bill does", added Skoufis in a statement. "We are so grateful to the bipartisan coalition of New Hampshire House members who voted to champion opportunity for all, and we urge the Senate to send HB 1319 to Governor Sununu's desk", said Freedom New Hampshire Campaign Manager Linds Jakows. "You've given me feedback on what's important to us and they failed us".

New Hampshire House Bill 1319 now goes to the state Senate. He said he would have preferred raising the legal age to purchase guns with exceptions for people who had completed gun safety classes, but would probably support a bill even without them.

Clai Lasher-Sommers, executive director of Gun Sense Vermont, which has long lobbied for universal background checks, said the fact that so many efforts to combat gun violence were moving forward at the same time gave her reason to be optimistic, despite what she called "scuffling" at the Statehouse.

On Thursday, the House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive bill to crack down on the West Virginia opioid epidemic.

The reduction in COLA for retirees, "has been declared illegal", Robbins said. Attorney General Andy Beshear also took time to speak with teachers in the rotunda. "If the court rules it is a violation, there's no savings".

The cuts come as lawmakers in both the House and Senate refused in the end to make use of $58 million increase in adjusted revenue estimates for Fiscal Year 2019.

No one seems to know quite how it happened, but plans to pass a pension reform plan fell apart in the state Senate Friday.

"If they continued to fully fund our pension system, we would be in good shape", Brake said. ". I think the top priority will be our budget that. does the kind of things we need to make the state competitive, and education is part of that".