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This weekend - Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd - Virginians can again take advantage of the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. During this three-day period, purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax.

Last week the General Assembly reconvened to consider the Governor's line item vetoes to the biennial budget passed on June 12th.
Last week was a tumultuous week in Virginia politics that saw control of the Virginia Senate shift back to the Republicans after the resignation of Senator Phil Puckett and the upset defeat of Congressman Eric Cantor by a Tea Party favorite. In the wake of these events, the General Assembly convened to pass a biennial budget. 
 
Last Wednesday, April 23rd, the General Assembly reconvened for the "Veto Session," to vote on Governor McAuliffe's actions on bills passed during the 2014 Session.  You can read about the Governor's actions, including detailed explanations of his vetoes<a href="http://dls.virginia.gov/p

On Tuesday, April 8th, the Senate passed their version of the Biennial Budget, SB 5003. The Senate budget funds Virginia's core priorities, gives state employees including teachers a 2% raise, helps fund benefits for families of public safety officials who lose a loved one in the line of duty, and uses Virginians' federal tax dollars to close the coverage gap for over 400,000 Virginians through Marketplace Virginia.

On Monday, March 24th, the General Assembly convened for a Special Session to adopt a Biennial Budget. As the day began, Governor McAuliffe released his proposed Budget, HB 5003. Governor McAuliffe's budget was based on the budget introduced by Governor McDonnell last December, with 104 amendments that reflect the current Administration's priorities. 

On Saturday, March 8th, the General Assembly adjourned its 2014 session Sine Die. We were able to accomplish a number of things, which are summarized in the Session Highlights published by the Division of Legislative Services and my most recent Op-Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch. However, we adjourned without passing the most important bill deliberated this year: the Biennial Budget.

Check out the 4th installment of my General Assembly Update. In this issue, I discuss the Virginia budget. As introduced, the budget totaled $96 billion for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2014. This week, the House and Senate adopted their respective amendments to the Budget introduced by Governor Bob McDonnell.

In my 3rd General Assembly Update, I discuss major legislation addressed by the House in three areas: mental health, education, and ethics reform. I also provide an update on my bills.

We nearly half way into this year's 60-day session. As always, session moves at a brisk pace, and the legislature has already taken action on a number of bills in committee. 

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