Tuesday is Crossover Day for VA lawmakers

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's a big day for lawmakers here in Virginia - it's Crossover Day.

That means legislation must "cross over" from one house to the other.

This is the midway point of the shortened legislative session, and although short, this could be the one where some historic changes are approved here in the Commonwealth.

One of the bigger issues on the table right now is transportation.

The transportation bill has now passed both the House and Senate - but what passed is slightly different.

Governor Bob McDonnell wants to overhaul the state's roads by throwing in billions and billions of dollars to improve the Commonwealth roads in the coming years.

Another big topic is with the Virginia retirement system. Right now the Senate wants to pay a portion of those funds.

But the governor has other ideas - he wants you, the employees, to pitch in.

Several other bills are on the hot stove that will cross over Tuesday.

Also a big deal, an autism bill is going through the General Assembly. Right now, they are on the verge of forcing insurance companies to cover some autism costs, and that would be historic if something like that happens in the coming days and weeks.

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