My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Friday. With the Virginia General Assembly opening its 2015 session Wednesday and this being an election year for all 140 members, it should be a quite entertaining session.
For reference purposes, the numbers I included in the article came from the statistics maintained by the Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS). The 2013 statistics are here. The 2015 statistics, obviously being updated throughout the session, are here. As of this writing, we are up to 844 bills, with lots more to come.
The two biggest issues the legislature has to deal with are the budget and ethics, which I discuss in my op-ed. I haven’t set up my tracking system yet but one bill I definitely will be following is HB1585, which will have an effect on Norfolk’s schools. More on that later.
I guess at some point, the 2014 special session is going to be adjourned sine die – perhaps the opening day of this session.
One more thing: I’ve gotten quite a few inquiries about my weekly guest column, as it’s been two months since I last had anything published. It was my choice to take off the time; after all, I wrote almost every week for more than for years, beginning in July 2010. Major life changes last fall left me with no time to write. It is my plan to continue to write weekly for the paper in 2015. (And hopefully, I’ll have time to write more on this blog, too.)
My column appears in The Virginian-Pilot every week, usually on Thursdays. You can see the columns as they are published here, or navigate to them from the PilotOnline.com homepage by clicking on Opinion and then choosing my name at the bottom of the dropdown list. You can also see the columns by liking my Facebook page. Although my column appears weekly, I am not and have never been an employee of The Virginian-Pilot nor am I paid for my contributions to the paper.