March 9, 2012
Virginia's General Assembly will adjourn on schedule Saturday without finishing a budget.
But at least an embryonic state spending blueprint through 2014 will survive for lawmakers to take up in special session later this spring.
The decision was announced Friday morning by the Senate Finance Committee, where a House version of the budget was not addressed.
Committee Chairman Walter Stosch says the budget bills will be preserved with legislative approval in regular session to carry them over to the special session.
The House and Senate will adjourn their fractious regular session and immediately reconvene in a special session that will go into a recess of undetermined duration.
It marks the third time in the past eight years Virginia has had to convene a rump session to finish its two-year budget.