RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe has successfully vetoed two religious expression bills and legislation that would have granted people who receive red-light tickets the right to contest citations in circuit court. The Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to uphold McAuliffe’s vetoes during a one-day legislative meeting commonly referred to as the “veto session.”
McAuliffe had vetoed a bill that would have codified a student’s right to pray at school. Another would have prohibited censorship of sermons given by chaplains of the Virginia National Guard. The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia praised the Senate’s votes, while the conservative Family Foundation condemned them.
The General Assembly did not take up the state’s proposed $96 billion two-year budget. Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked on whether the budget should include expanding Medicaid eligibility.
Many older boaters will not have to take a safety course after all — one result of yesterday’s veto session in Richmond. It overturns part of a law that had its start with a fatal accident on Smith Mountain Lake in the summer of 2005 that killed two people and a dog. And as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, delegates representing the lake are unhappy with yesterday’s outcome.