Republican assert Senate control - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Republicans reject power sharing on General Assembly's first day

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Senate Republicans gave GOP minded bills a clearer path toward approval Wednesday. As expected, a proposal to share power in the equally divided chamber was ruled out. 

Republicans and Democrats have 20 members each in the Senate. But the Republicans have the tiebreaker vote of Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and on the very first issue today...he used it. 

The House came to order quickly. The mace, as always, signified the beginning of the 2012 session. 

It was smooth sailing, here. New delegates were sworn in. Family members posed for pictures. But on the other side, a different story. With 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats, senators debated who really had the power. 

Democrat Donald McEachin proposed sharing it evenly, and then a vote.

It led to a 20-20 tie, the first of the day. Republican Bill Bolling, the lieutenant governor, broke it...effectively killing the idea of sharing power in the Senate. Democrats were predictably displeased. 

"The step we're taking today is very seriously, in my view, institutionalizing a sort of partisanship that has never been present in the activities of this gentile body," said Sen. Creigh Deeds, (D) Bath. 

"And when it becomes about who's won and who's lost...really neither side wins. But the people, Mr.  President, most assuredly lose," added Sen. Mark Herring, (D) Fairfax, addressing the Lt. Governor.

The vote gives Republicans an edge when it comes to organizing committees, making it easier for GOP bills to make it to the floor for a vote. 

"I am very sorry if anybody in this body feels that this is a quote power grab. It is not," said Sen. Tommy Norment, (R) James City. 

Democrats threaten legal action. A busy first day at the capitol…59 more to go. 

The outcome Wednesday eventually gives Gov. Bob McDonnell a better chance of success on bills that tighten limits on abortion and immigrants and loosen restrictions on guns. But the sense here is the fight over power in the Senate isn't over yet. 

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:16:26 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:38:13 GMT
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
  • Disputanta couple severely injured in house fire

    Disputanta couple severely injured in house fire

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:04:42 GMT
    A couple is recovering in the hospital, after being seriously hurt in a house fire in Disputanta. Crews got the call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. When they got to the home in the 13000 block of Arwood Road, the two residents were outside, after managing to escape the flames. Prince George Fire officials say the couple suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation, and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Investigators...More >>
    A couple is recovering in the hospital, after being seriously hurt in a house fire in Disputanta. Crews got the call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. When they got to the home in the 13000 block of Arwood Road, the two residents were outside, after managing to escape the flames. Prince George Fire officials say the couple suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation, and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Investigators...More >>
  • Man charged in deadly Petersburg shooting

    Man charged in deadly Petersburg shooting

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:01 AM EDT2017-09-23 15:01:17 GMT

    Petersburg Police say a man, who they originally thought was a victim in a triple shooting, is now a suspect. On September 17, officers found three men shot at the intersection of Harding and Mistletoe Streets. Two of the men were med-flighted to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening wounds, and one of them, 34-year-old Delqukis Ruffin, has since died from his injuries. Police say 20-year-old Danzel J'Quan Reeves, was also shot, and after investigating, officers charged him with...

    More >>

    Petersburg Police say a man, who they originally thought was a victim in a triple shooting, is now a suspect. On September 17, officers found three men shot at the intersection of Harding and Mistletoe Streets. Two of the men were med-flighted to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening wounds, and one of them, 34-year-old Delqukis Ruffin, has since died from his injuries. Police say 20-year-old Danzel J'Quan Reeves, was also shot, and after investigating, officers charged him with...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly