Back in Session Today

The Senate is back in session today.  We are here to adjust Virginia’s criminal laws for the Melendez-Diaz opinion issued by Justice Scalia.  In a nutshell, we must give defendants a right to demand the presence of the technician for tests that may result in criminal convictions.   

Right now we’re in recess as the House and Senate organize, a process which requires matching Procedural Resolutions. Then the Courts Committee will meet and finally the two bodies will vote on a bill.

This morning we had an address by the Governor on the financial state of the Commonwealth.  Pretty bleak.  I’ll save details for now as there is really nothing new since March 2009 except continued job loss and declining growth through June 30.  

At least things may be stabilizing in the housing market.  But it’s too soon to tell …

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