Long Day, 122 Amendments Await Va. Lawmakers

April 21, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed cuts to various social service programs are expected to prompt legislative skirmishes when lawmakers return to Richmond.

The General Assembly returns Wednesday for a one-day reconvened session to consider amendments to the state budget that the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus says amounts to dumping on the poor.

Meanwhile, the state Senate will consider 122 gubernatorial amendments without it's tiebreaker, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. Bolling was trapped in Italy when air travel was suspended because of the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Among McDonnell's budget amendments are those that eliminate a move have local government employees pay a share of their pensions, fund economic development and increases fines on speeders.

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