Sunday, January 23, 2011

65% Passes House by a Two Vote Margin

The vote on Delegate Loupassi’s “65% Solution” bill was interesting. Our goal was to weaken the bill as much as possible in the House to make it easier to kill in the Senate. The 48-46 vote to pass the bill was far from a party-line vote. Twelve Republicans voted with us, and two Democrats voted against us. A "NAY" vote supported the VEA position.

YEAS--Abbitt, Albo, Anderson, Athey, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Byron, Carrico, Cline, Cole, Comstock, Cosgrove, Cox, J.A., Cox, M.K., Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Iaquinto, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, May, Morefield, Morgan, O'Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Peace, Pogge, Poindexter, Pollard, Putney, Robinson, Sherwood, Stolle, Villanueva, Ware, R.L., Wilt, Wright, Mr. Speaker--48.

NAYS--Abbott, Alexander, Armstrong, BaCote, Barlow, Bulova, Carr, Cleaveland, Crockett-Stark, Dance, Ebbin, Edmunds, Englin, Filler-Corn, Habeeb, Herring, Hope, Howell, A.T., Hugo, Ingram, James, Johnson, Keam, Kory, Lewis, McClellan, McQuinn, Merricks, Miller, J.H., Miller, P.J., Phillips, Plum, Purkey, Rust, Scott, E.T., Scott, J.M., Shuler, Sickles, Spruill, Tata, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Ware, O., Watts--46.

ABSTENTIONS--0.

NOT VOTING--Brink, Janis, Morrissey, Nutter, Surovell--5.

Of those not voting, Surovell told VEA that he had to be in Northern Virginia on Friday to attend to pressing personal business.

Let’s watch this one on the Senate after crossover.

Please make a point of thanking your delegate if she/he voted right on this one.

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