General Assembly closing soon; much more to do

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This year's session of the General Assembly is almost over.

Legislators are running out of time to agree on several key items.

The General Assembly is scheduled to end in five days, and lawmakers have to get through a long list of unfinished business.

According to the Times-Dispatch, the House and Senate have approved two different packages of amendments for the general fund budget.

A committee is trying to hammer out several differences that include education funding.

Movement on transportation seems to have hit a road block.

Both sides have backed billions in projects.

The House tried adding more money to a plan Governor McDonnell is behind but hit a dead end in the Senate.

The Senate also rejected the governor's suggestion that state workers contribute to their pensions.

The House recommends that workers put in five percent, but that would be offset with a five percent raise.

One thing the House and Senate agreed on is mandatory coverage for children with autism.

Governor McDonnell hasn't said if he will sign it into law.

The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on Saturday.

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