RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia lawmakers are in Richmond for the first day of the General Assembly’s 2023 session.
They will consider proposals on abortion, taxes, education, gun control, marijuana, housing, and the state’s minimum wage over the legislative session, which is set for 30 days. It may be extended if needed.
Power in the General Assembly is divided, with Democrats holding a majority in the Virginia Senate and Republicans controlling the House of Delegates. The margins in each chamber will allow either to block proposals put forward by the other, requiring lawmakers to cooperate on the priorities they want to pass into law.
The 30-day session — typically extended to 46 days so legislators can wrap up their work — comes before all 140 seats in the General Assembly are on the ballot later this year.
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