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Special Session Starts With Stop and Go

Rosalind Helderman

It's hot outside as Virginia lawmakers cool their heels inside the state Capitol in what has so far been a classic stop-and-go, one-day special session.

The House of Delegates and Senate gaveled into session Wednesday at noon, as planned. They have both adopted procedural resolutions that bar consideration of unexpected topics -- fending of rumblings of an effort by a group of lawmakers to bring up the issue of highway rest stops shuttered because of to budget cuts.

Both chambers also sent a delegation trooping up to the third floor of the Capitol building to inform Gov. Timothy M. Kaine that they were meeting for business, a bit of required Virginia pomp and circumstance. Kaine had a brief back-and-forth with lawmakers, in which delegates and senators agreed that they were working out some technical differences between bills that they were considering on the subject of the day -- responding to a Supreme Court decision that requires forensic analysts to appear in court rather than submit written testimony.

"Well, I'll be waiting up here in case anyone wants someone who used to practice law to come down and muddy things up," Kaine joked to legislators.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 19, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
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