By Carten Cordell | Virginia Statehouse News
“Today, we saw the General Assembly
come together in a bipartisan manner to pass the biennial budget and consider the amendments I proposed to legislation passed during the General Assembly session,” the governor said in a statement.
While all eyes were on the budget negotiations, the General Assembly also affirmed the governor's amendments for pension reform. The amendments
extend coverage and provide opt-out clauses for state employees, while also giving localities more control on setting contribution limits.
On the state’s voter ID bills, the Legislature voted down a McDonnell amendment
that would have provided a signature comparison for voters who came to the polls without identification, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
The voter ID bill now goes to the governor, who could decide to pass, veto or change the measure.