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Virginia session heads to one-day overtime

Rosalind Helderman

It's official: The Virginia General Assembly is headed into overtime and will not adjourn today, which is the session's 60th day. But it doesn't look like we're headed for an an endless budget stalemate as the legislature experienced in 2004 and 2006.

Instead, Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) just announced on the floor of the session that he will shortly ask the body to approve a resolution extending the session.

He said budget negotiators have largely come to terms and should complete their work this afternoon. Then, it will take 12 to 14 hours to compile the budget and print copies for members. Senators probably will gather tomorrow at 3 p.m. for a briefing on the budget and then gavel into session for the final time this year at 5 p.m., to take up action on the budget.

It costs the taxpayers more than $20,000 a day to extend the legislative session.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 13, 2010; 1:46 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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