Mamie E. Locke

Virginia General Assembly session wrap: A look at what happened

Virginia General Assembly session wrap: A look at what happened

Forty-six days after it gavelled in, the Virginia General Assembly gavelled out Saturday.

In between, it passed a budget with raises for teachers and state employees, bigger raises meant to address nursing shortages at state mental hospitals and even bigger raises for state police.

Speaker of the House William Howell announced his retirement and will be succeeded, assuming Republicans hold their House majority in the November elections, by current Majority Leader Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights.

The governor's race and other elections gear up now in full. The in-session fundraising ban on state officials ended with the session.

State Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton,...

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