General Assembly convenes for special veto session

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The General Assembly is back in Richmond today to settle the amendments Governor Bob McDonnell handed down in the wake of this year's legislative session.

The governor did not veto one piece of legislation from this session. Instead he chose to amend 122 different bills, the bulk of which have to do with the budget.

McDonnell tweaked 96 different parts of the spending plan, most of those tweaks had to do with allocating more money for his economic development agenda.

No big fights are expected today, but democrats are expected to take a stand on some cuts they claim hurt poor Virginians, but their protest probably wont dramatically change the budget that passed with wide support and cut $4 billion in spending.

While the most important players in state government will be here today, one key figure is missing. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is still stuck in Italy on a trade mission after that volcano in Iceland halted air traffic. He will not be here to preside over the senate.

NBC12 will have more reports from the State Capitol as the day progresses.

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