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The General Assembly convened on January 10, 2007 and ended its 45-day session on February 24, 2007. It reconvened on April 4, 1007, to reconsider Governor's recommendations.
Of 3,287 bills introduced, 1,749 bills were passed in the House and Senate. The Governor approved 947 bills and vetoed 15 bills.
To check the latest status of bills, resolutions, and amendments or check for your legislator’s name, etc., visit the Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System at http://leg1.state.va.us/041/lis.htm
There was little legislative activity affecting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to report.
There are two budgetary items on planned renovation program at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB).
A. Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind at Staunton (218)
Notwithstanding other provisions of the Code of Virginia, the State Board
of Education, assisted by the Department of General Services, shall
2. The Department of Education shall assist with the coordination with appropriate local entities for the transition of services to a regional day program in the Hampton Roads area by no later than June 30, 2008. The Department of General Services, in conjunction with the Board of Education may, with the Governor's approval, convey the current Hampton campus to an existing nonprofit or public entity in Hampton Roads to facilitate these services. In addition, the Department of Education shall provide appropriate technical assistance to regional special education programs and school divisions statewide. The Department of General Services shall develop a plan for disposing of buildings and property no longer necessary for special education purposes in the City of Hampton. The Department of General Services shall work with the City of Hampton and the Department of Historic Resources when considering proposals that may transfer ownership to or establish long-term leases with private entities. The properties shall be conveyed with appropriate historic easements at fair market value.
3. Out of this appropriation, $3,500,000 the second year (7/1/08 – 6/30/09)- from the general fund is available to continue the process for achieving consolidation of the two schools at the Staunton Campus. Such funds may be used for, but are not limited to, expenditures to continue planning for consolidation at the Staunton campus and expenditures to facilitate the future use of the Hampton campus.
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General Assembly Session Statistics
Bills and Resolutions introduced:
Of the 1,553 passed bills:
Approved by Governor
Vetoed by Governor
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House Joint Resolution
Senate Joint Resolution
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Gary wants to thank Leslie Hutcheson Prince at VDDHH for her help.
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