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Legislator says ABC special session will be in November

Rosalind Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has told lawmakers they should prepare for a special legislative session on government reform in November, according to Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax).

Howell said McDonnell told legislative leaders in a conference call about two weeks ago that he would be calling them to Richmond to consider plans for making government more efficient, including privatizing state run liquor stores, sometime between the Nov. 2 Election and Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 25.

That timing would give legislators several weeks to consider proposals after their formal recommendation by McDonnell's reform commission, a vote that is scheduled to take place Oct. 4. But it also would also push the special session fairly close to the Jan. 12, start of the General Assembly's regular annual session.

Democrats may argue the Commonwealth should save money and skip a special session, taking up McDonnell's proposals during the regular session instead. That would give them more negotiating power, putting McDonnell's reform priorities up against his other legislative and budget priorities for the year.

McDonnell is scheduled to unveil his plan for ABC privatization next week. Howell said she continues to hear skepticism from fellow Democrats and some Republicans about the governor's claim that his plan will fully replace the annual revenue the state now receives from its 332 liquor stores.

"I don't see how he's going to get it passed," she said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 3, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Liquor privatization , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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"'I don't see how he's going to get it past,' she said."

Get it past what, exactly? Is there a bridge with a troll underneath it that Governor McDonnell has to get his bill past?

Posted by: RickSincere | September 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't let McDonnell give away the store to his buddies.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | September 5, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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