Northam signs 2020-2022 state budget: Spending plan includes pause on new spending

virginia map

(© niroworld –

Gov. Ralph Northam today took final action on nine pieces of legislation from the 2020 General Assembly session, including the biennial budget.

House Bill 30, the biennial budget, as originally passed, made historic investments in environmental protection, workforce training, early childhood education, and other priorities. In April, Northam and the General Assembly agreed to pause new spending and ensure the investments in the budget can be revisited in a special session, while also allowing flexibility to direct state funds where they are most needed in response to COVID-19.

The budget also creates a coronavirus relief fund to assist with housing insecurity and small business loans, and ensures that nursing homes receive critical funding to help fight the pandemic.

Northam took final action on eight other pieces of legislation that were returned by the General Assembly at its April 22nd reconvened session.

  • Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 972, identical bills that decriminalize simple marijuana possession.
  • Senate Bill 215, which requires the state Board of Corrections to publish annually a report of reviews into deaths that occur in jails.
  • Senate Bill 251, which establishes licensure and other requirements for pharmacy benefits managers.
  • Senate Bill 891, which sets up comprehensive regulations governing pet shops.

Northam vetoed the following bills:


UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.

augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news