2020 Sine Die
Virginia’s legislators are set to head home today as the 2020 General Assembly session winds down after an extraordinarily busy two months. That is, if final budget details can be ironed out in time.
Washington Post reporters Laura Vozzella and Gregory S. Schneider have an excellent rundown of the marathon sessions and exhausting hours that have gone into these final days trying to debate details and make deadlines. They noted:
The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its 60-day session on Saturday, the first in a quarter-century with Democrats in control of both chambers and the Executive Mansion.
But it appeared that the legislature might not wrap up its work on time, particularly when it comes to approving a proposed two-year, $135 billion budget. Lawmakers negotiating the details missed a critical deadline Thursday to have the spending plan on their colleagues’ desks by the end of the day, which would have given them 48 hours to review the proposal before a Saturday vote. The plan was still being hashed out in committee late Friday afternoon.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginia Mercury both also had excellent coverage during session, while VPAP disseminated those articles and provided informational graphics and background information.
Here’s a nod and a thank you to all our legislators from both sides of the aisle who have spent the past two months in Richmond. And their staffers — what would anyone do without them? (Close down.)
Oh — and gratitude also to all those reporters who have covered the 2020 General Assembly because they have also endured long sessions, and then chased down legislators for comments and clarifications before hammering out the wrap-up on keyboards to pass along to Virginia citizens.
Hope Sine Die comes soon and everyone can take a badly-needed break.