HEADLINES : Virginia
House, Senate heading to special session on state budget
March Madness is about to begin in the Virginia General Assembly.
Members of the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate, recognizing that their work on the state budget will not be completed by Saturday's scheduled adjournment date, unanimously agreed today to a procedural resolution that will allow the legislature to continue consideration of the spending plan in a special session.
No date was set for when the legislature may reconvene.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, addressing reporters after President Barack Obama's remarks in Prince George, said he also is prepared for a special session.
"If they leave without a budget, which it looks like they will, I will either -- at their request or on my own -- will immediatley call a special session," he said.
McDonnell said the special session would start immediately at the conclusion of the regular session. He said state lawmakers must keep working and can't be like Washington.