Lt. Governor stranded in Europe's no-fly zone

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)--Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is in Florence, Italy for a trade mission and could be stranded.

That could mean some big problems for the General Assembly's veto session, set to start Wednesday.

The plume of ash from the Icelandic volcano continues to hamper air travel across Europe.

Flights are stuck on the ground, and passenger frustration is growing.

It could mean Virginia Republicans lose control of the gavel in the Senate. On Wednesday, lawmakers are set to be in Richmond for the GA veto session--that's something Lt. Governor Bill Bolling presides over.

There are reports that he's stuck in Italy unable to fly.

If he is not here on Wednesday, the Senate Democratic leader will control the debate.

It could also prevent the GOP from breaking any potential ties in the closely divided Senate.

The Times-Dispatch is reporting this morning the Lt. Governor is trying to book a flight out of southern Italy where planes are flying, but even if that works, it looks like the Lt. Governor might not be in the United States until Saturday.

That session of the GA starts tomorrow at noon.

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