March 10, 2012
The Virginia General Assembly is nearing the end of its contentious 2012 session.
Abiding images from the session include more than 1,000 women locked arm-in-arm in silent protest, police in riot gear
confronting women's-rights demonstrators on the Capitol steps, and Virginia being skewered over vaginal ultrasounds on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."
Legislators passed more than 1,500 bills, but none attracted as much attention as the one requiring women seeking an abortion to have an invasive ultrasound. The measure prompted protests, made national headlines and ultimately was revised to mandate less invasive abdominal ultrasounds.
Lawmakers also repealed the one-handgun-a-month law, but they failed to pass the most important bill of any session - a budget.
They'll tackle that again in a special session after a short cooling-off period.