Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Post Session Stats & What's Next

It’s good to be home from Richmond, after a super busy General Assembly Session. We wrapped up the 2024 Session on Saturday evening, adjourning sine die at 5:05pm. During this "long" session at 60 days, we used our timely wisely, completing ALL our work, including passing a compromise budget - a feat that hasn't happened during a regular session in 3 years!


We had so much time, in fact, that I gave a speech about it on our last day, offering a litany of our many accomplishments this session.


The Compromise Budget


On the last day of the 2024 Session, we voted on the House and Senate's compromise version of the budget. This is the culmination of months of work, making sure that our values are reflected in the biennial budget we send to the Governor. Passing with a bipartisan vote in both chambers, the budget bill will now go to the Governor for his review. He has until 11:59pm on April 8th to sign, veto, or amend it. To view the latest budget, visit budget.lis.virginia.gov. The Commonwealth Institute also provides a great side-by-side comparison chart of all the budget versions.


Session By The Numbers


As I mentioned in my previous email about crossover statistics, here are some updated stats now that we're done with the regular session:

  • 60 Day "Long" Session
  • 34 new Delegates in the House (out of 100)
  • 17 new Senators (out of 40)
  • 3,594 total bills and resolutions introduced
  • 2,280 bills and resolutions passed the House & the Senate
  • 1,046 bills communicated to the Governor to sign, amend, or veto
  • 405 bills continued to the 2025 Session
  • 84 bills communicated to the Governor as "7 Day Bills"
  • 64 of the "7 Day Bills" were signed by the Governor
  • 12 of the "7 Day Bills" were amended by the Governor
  • 8 of the "7 Day Bills" were vetoed by the Governor

What's Next


Bills that were communicated to the Governor by March 1st meant that they were "7 Day Bills," and he had until March 8th to take action on them. The remaining bills that passed the General Assembly will be communicated to the Governor shortly and he will have until April 8th at 11:59pm to take action. The General Assembly will then reconvene on April 17th for the Veto Session, where will address all of the Governor's vetoes and recommendations.


Now that session is officially over, I'm back home in the 13th District and looking forward to getting back in the groove of things - visiting with family and friends, being back at my small business, and, of course, attending community events.