Tag: Creigh Deeds

Creigh Deeds: Last days

We are winding up the 2018 Session of the General Assembly. This is crunch time. As I’ve told people for years, this is the most dangerous part of the session.


Creigh Deeds: The Big Enchilada

Crossover came and went the day before Valentine’s Day. It was notable for lots of things, both done and undone. The biggest enchilada remains Medicaid expansion.


Creigh Deeds: A contentious week

We are now ending the last full week of the 2018 Session prior to crossover. As explained last week, the Senate and House will have to finish work on bills originating in their own chambers by Tuesday. This has been a week full of contention.


Creigh Deeds: Changing of the guard

We are nearing the completion of the first full week of the 2018 Session of the Virginia General Assembly. Last weekend we enjoyed some pageantry as Ralph Northam was inaugurated as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


Creigh Deeds: 2018 General Assembly session underway

The 2018 regular session of General Assembly is underway. This long session, which will run 60 days, is remarkable in at least three aspects.


Creigh Deeds: Silly season in Virginia politics

As we close the 2017 session, it’s clear that the silly season is upon us.


Creigh Deeds: Wrapping up 2017 session

With about a week left before the 2017 Session ends, many of the controversial issues have been resolved.


Creigh Deeds: Final weeks

One of the strengths of Virginia’s legislative process is that legislators are part-time.


Creigh Deeds: Crossover 2017 is upon us

Groundhog Day was yesterday, which means we are very close to the crossover of the 2017 legislative session.


Creigh Deeds: You win some, you lose some

Creigh Deeds updates readers on the latest from the Virginia General Assembly.


Creigh Deeds: Virginia General Assembly report

While the peaceful transition of power occurs amid celebration and protest in Washington, the work goes on here in Richmond.


Creigh Deeds: One more day

With the legislature wrapping up the 2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly in a day or so, I wanted to provide a status report.


Creigh Deeds: Our judiciary

One of the most important responsibilities of the General Assembly is the election of judges. After all, judges represent the Commonwealth.


Creigh Deeds: One week to go in Virginia General Assembly

With one week before the scheduled adjournment of March 12, the 2016 General Assembly is nearing completion on all major issues.


Creigh Deeds: Budget, budget, budget

The 2016 Session of the General Assembly is now in warp speed. We are merely two weeks from adjournment, and it seems everybody is in two or three places at the same time.


Creigh Deeds: Absolutely not

The 2016 Session of the General Assembly has crossed the midpoint. I voted no on a couple of tough votes, but “no” doesn’t always mean “absolutely not.”


Creigh Deeds: Almost to crossover

Crossover for the 2016 Session of the Virginia General Assembly is at hand.


Creigh Deeds: Another week down

We are rapidly approaching the midpoint of the 2016 General Assembly Session. In legislative lingo, the midpoint is called the crossover.


Creigh Deeds: Snow, guns and Nelsonite

Many elected officials view the issue of guns in black or white terms. Legislators either vote for gun control or they vote to protect the Second Amendment.


Creigh Deeds: Still talking judges? We can do better

I have once again sponsored a bill to create a merit based selection process for judges. The bill has not yet been heard.


Creigh Deeds: Back in Richmond

The 2016 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly is off and running. The long sessions are held in even years and are significant because we will be adopting a new two-year budget.


Creigh Deeds: Virginia General Assembly session over before it began

The 2015 Special Session of the General Assembly was over before it began.


Creigh Deeds: Why I’m running for re-election to the State Senate

After much thought, I want to announce that I will run for re-election to the State Senate this fall.


Creigh Deeds: Post veto session report

April 15 was more than Tax Day this year. Indeed, the legislature came back into session on Tax Day to consider the Governor’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 General Assembly Session.


State Senator Creigh Deeds recognized for mental health reforms

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds received the 2015 State Legislator of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association Practice Organization.


Creigh Deeds: 2015 General Assembly review

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is history. While we passed over 1500 bills and resolutions, the Session will be remembered for a handful of things including reforming the transportation funding formula, adopting a new ethics bill that changes very little, and adjourning a day early.


Creigh Deeds: One week to go in the General Assembly session

With a week to go until the scheduled February 28 adjournment, the Virginia General Assembly is moving steadily along.


Creigh Deeds: Budget deliberations begin in General Assembly

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is hurdling toward adjournment. The word around here is that we may complete our work earlier than the scheduled February 28 adjournment.


Creigh Deeds: Busy days in the General Assembly

The midpoint of the 2015 General Assembly Session has passed. We are nearing crossover, the point when the Senate and House of Delegates must complete work on bills generated by its members. While the budget remains the focus, a number of controversial issues have come before the Senate thus far.


Creigh Deeds: Virginia General Assembly update

The 46-day General Assembly session is moving rapidly. Subcommittees and committees are meeting around the clock, which leaves little time for reflection.


Creigh Deeds: First week of the General Assembly session

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is underway. This is a short session, scheduled to adjourn on February 28, 2015, so the work will be fast and furious.


Creigh Deeds: Will this session ever end?

Not since 2001 has the General Assembly been in session this long. While these extended sessions do not often occur, I fear the Jeffersonian ideal of a part-time citizen legislature is in jeopardy.