(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

General Assembly Returns

Much Tighter Assembly Than In 2017

January 09, 2018 - 4:42 pm

Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) –  The General Assembly returns to Richmond Wednesday, albeit with a House of Delegates that has just a two person GOP majority, compared to a nearly veto-proof one last year.   The session will gavel in at noon, where that majority is expected to elect Colonial Heights Republican Delegate Kirk Cox Speaker of the House.

Two seats in the House remain a point of contention.  The seat in Newport News could face another recount between Republican Incumbent David Yancey, and Democratic Challenger Shelly Simonds.  There is also a possibility of court action in regards to a Stafford seat, where some voters were given the wrong ballot.  That seat was won by Republican Bob Thomas by fewer than 100 votes.

Despite the tighter House, James Madison University Political Science Professor Robert Roberts doesn't see much change.  Roberts says the Speaker controls the agenda, and therefore, as long as it is a Republican Speaker, it will be a Republican agenda.  He thinks there is a possibility some Republicans might be able to be splintered on Medicaid expansion, however, due to intense lobbying from the hospital industry.

The session is scheduled to run through March 10th.


Photo Credit:  Matt Demlein, WRVA