Friday, January 13, 2017

Short Days on the Floor, For Now

A quick update from the General Assembly for Thursday. The post didn't make it up yesterday, but there is still little to report. Bills are finding there way to committees that are then referring them to the appropriate sub committees. With the number of education bills that have been filed, it is nice to have a bit of a slow start to get all of our ducks in a row.

There was a back and forth on the Senate floor between Senator Obenshain and Senators Locke and Saslaw over how quickly the State Board of Elections could certify the two new Senators. Turns out with a Friday state holiday and a Monday Federal holiday, things are backed up. Senator Obenshain could not understand why the state employees would not work through the holiday to complete the work.Senator Saslaw reminded the body that the requirement to have proper ID on Election Day delayed the certification by another three days since anyone who filled out a provisional ballot has three days to provide their photo ID. He reminded Senator Obenshain that the Senator had supported and backed the photo ID law that resulted in the delay. And that was that...