March 4, 2022
The countdown to adjournment has begun. Despite the rush, all fifty-two House Republicans paused this week for a photo on the Capitol steps. With a little over a week remaining until the House and Senate must complete their work, though, tensions are running high as the Republican House and the Democrat Senate face seemingly irreconcilable differences. Most committees have completed their work, and the number of remaining bills is dwindling. Next week will bring numerous deadlines, and focus will return to the budget. The clock is ticking, and legislators, staff, and stakeholders alike are more than ready for the conclusion of this year’s long General Assembly session. 

The death of a bill
As predicted, the Senate wasted no time in dispensing with priority House bills. Bills may be killed by a number of methods. For example, bills can fail in committee in the following ways:
  • The bill is never docketed (placed on the committee agenda) and therefore never receives a hearing.
  • Lack of a motion.
  • An up/down vote in which the “no” votes outnumber the “yes” votes.
  • A motion to “pass by indefinitely” (PBI). In this case a “yes” vote on the motion is a vote to kill the bill at hand.
  • A motion to “lay the bill on the table.” In this case a “yes” vote on the motion is a vote to kill the bill at hand.
  • The bill is “carried over” to the year. In this case, no further action will be taken on the bill until the next year’s legislative session.

Bills can also die on the House and Senate floors in the following manners:
  • An up/down vote in which the “no” votes outnumber the “yes” votes.
  • The bill is “passed by for the day” until after a hard deadline to hear the bill has passed.
  • The bill is re-referred to a committee after the date of the committee’s final meeting.

Bills can also meet their demise in a “conference committee.” A conference committee is called when the House and Senate pass conflicting versions of a bill and cannot agree on the final language. Conferees—usually three per chamber (two from the majority party and one from the minority party)—are named and tasked with resolving the differences. Because of the political composition of the House and Senate, this poses problems. One can imagine the difficulty of obtaining agreement between Republican House conferees and Senate Democrat conferees.
House bills defeated in the Senate
The following House bills referenced in a previous newsletter (and many, many more) have been defeated in the Senate:

2022 General Assembly legislative survey results
Thank you to all who took the time to complete my 2022 General Assembly legislative survey. Constituent input is invaluable, and I greatly appreciate all who shared their perspective on policy issues. Results are posted online here and have also been mailed to all constituents who completed the survey. 
My next and final newsletter will be issued after the adjournment of session (hopefully on Saturday, March 12!). Until then, please do not hesitate to stop by the Capitol. Our office is located in Room 432 of the Pocahontas Building at 900 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. As always, we remain available to assist with constituent service. If you have a problem with a state-related matter or agency or would like to set up a virtual meeting, please contact my legislative aide, Ms. Dayle Brittain by phone at 804-698-1096 or by email at [email protected].

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