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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Democrats to introduce McDonnell's liquor bill in House of Delegates on Thursday

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

House Democrats will introduce Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's bill to privatize the state liquor stores in the House of Delegates on Thursday, according to House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong.

Del. Robert H. Brink (D-Arlington), the caucus's political leader, will sponsor the bill and hold a news conference at 2 p.m.

Armstrong (D-Henry) told us last week that he was concerned that McDonnell may only introduce the controversial bill in the Democratic-led Senate -- where it will probably be killed -- so he can blame Democrats for the bill's death.

As of Wednesday, the bill had only been introduced in the Senate. Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) introduced SB1417, which calls for 1,000 private retail outlets -- a scaled-back version of McDonnell's original plan.

Delegates have until next Friday to introduce bills. They are limited to 15 bills. According to the governor's office, Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William) has agreed to sponsor the bill in the House if aides decide to file one there.

"We haven't seen it (in the House) thus far and I think we have waited long enough,'' Armstrong said Wednesday.

By Anita Kumar  | January 19, 2011; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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