Sept. 30, 2013
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is proposing major changes to improve the structure and operation of Virginia's government.
Bolling wants to expand the role of the lieutenant governor, change the Virginia constitution to allow two consecutive terms for the governor, have the governor and lieutenant governor be elected as a pair - in the same way as U.S. president and vice-president - and have a merit-based system for choosing judges.
He also wants to create a bipartisan redistricting process. The University of Virginia Center for Politics doubts that will happen.
“It's an idea that's been thrown around a lot,” says Geoffrey Skelley with the Center for Politics. “The only problem is you have to make it so that representatives want to give up this power that they have, which is hard.”
Bolling also wants to form a government performance review commission, change the budget cycle, and review exemptions to the freedom of information act.
He is asking for support from the major candidates during the 2014 general assembly session.