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Monday, March 27, 2006

UPDATED Special Session: Underway

The House of Delegates has just gaveled to order, and the Senate is set to do so shortly. Only three things on the calendar today: The Budget Bills, both House and Senate flavors, and a continuing budget resolution on the Senate side.

Updates as warranted throughout the day.

UPDATE: The House was in for 13 minutes before it recessed until 1:15 p.m. Senate is just now underway.

UPDATE 2: 12:30 p.m. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Chichester, R-Fredericksburg, laid out his view of the House-Senate divide in one sentence: "Do we go with instant gratification or do we go with long term investment?"

Following that, Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg, told his colleagues that, while Gov. Tim Kaine's special session call was worded "somewhat more liberally" that the House and Senate's request for a special session, there was an understanding among the leadership in both houses that transportation matters were going to be construed narrowly.

And deviations would be looked upon poorly. The Senate is out until 1 p.m. for caucus meetings.

UPDATE 3: We're back. Senate has approved an operating resolution, waiting on the House to do the same. Today is not shaping up to be a barn burner.

UPDATE 4: 1:50 p.m. The House is back out until 3:15 p.m. to talk things over. Gov. Kaine has let it be known that he's got two budget bills he'd like to see considered.

UPDATE 5: 2:15 p.m. The Senate has packed it in for the day, but Senate Finance is getting ready to meet. Sen. Chichester has said he wants the body to meet on Tuesday morning, as well.