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Virginia to Weigh Veto Session Amendment on Tuesday

Monday, 05 Nov 2012 10:01 AM

By Katie Lotman and Patrick Hobin

The other, less attention-drawing ballot amendment in battleground state Virginia on Tuesday is one that will decide whether to allow the General Assembly to delay its veto session by up to one week in order for the session to avoid interfering with events such as religious holidays.

The eminent domain amendment has been the source of most media attention, as it touches on property rights and economic development.
The veto session is less controversial, if at all.

The amendment would allow the Virginia’s General Assembly to delay the start of the veto session — which usually lasts a day — for up to one week in order to avoid its scheduling on a religious holiday.

The state constitution now requires that the veto session — in which the legislature considers a governor's proposed amendments to bills and vetoes — must begin on the sixth Wednesday after the end of each regular General Assembly session.

The veto session amendment, according to state Sen. Mark Obenshain, “was an easy fix to some minor scheduling problems.”

“It’s a wholly uncontroversial Amendment that does nothing to change the nature of the veto session, merely granting the legislature enough flexibility to keep it from convening during Passover,” he said, according to the Fredericksburg Patch online publication.

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