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Kaine Has to Make Quick Decision on Bills

Anita Kumar

The General Assembly is bombarding Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) with bills.

Generally the governor will have received about 50 to 100 bills by this time in the legislative session. But as of Friday morning, he had already received 451.

What does that mean?

Any bills Kaine receives before tomorrow (one week before the legislative session is expected to end) need to be signed, amended or vetoed within seven days. Any bills Kaine receives after Saturday do not need to be reviewed for 30 days.

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) supervises the flow of the bills to the governor. Is Howell trying to give Kaine less time to review?

Delacey Skinner, Kaine's communications director, said it may be a positive sign that legislators are cooperating and getting things done and not necessarily an attempt by the Republican House leader to ensure the bills receive less scrutiny.

But, she said, the reality is that there is less time to review and garner support for some of the bills.

Kaine has signed about 50 non-controversial bills so far. About 1,000 bills are still being considered by the legislature.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 29, 2008; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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