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It's official: Bolling will not be back from Italy in time legislative session

Anita Kumar

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) will not be back in Virginia in time to preside over the state Senate when the General Assembly returns for a one-day session Wednesday, his chief of staff Randy Marcus said this afternoon.

Bolling is stranded in Italy because of the ash from an Icelandic volcano that has crippled air traffic across much of Europe.

Bolling's flight from Florence, scheduled for Tuesday night, was canceled. He was able to book a flight from Florence through Frankfurt to Dulles airport on Thursday.

The General Assembly will return to the state Capitol for the one-day session to consider Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's (R) proposed amendments to 123 bills, including the state budget.

Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William), who as president pro tempore of the Senate will preside in Bolling's absence. Bolling serves as the tiebreaking vote in cases of deadlock in the 40-member chamber, which Democrats control by a 22 to 18 majority. The body will take up a number of sensitive issues that could result in close votes.

Bolling left last week for a weeklong trip to Italy to participate in an economic development symposium.

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 20, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , General Assembly 2010 , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  | Tags: Bill Bolling, Virginia General Assembly  
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