Tolls, health care, budget among items facing Va. General Assembly

Tolls, health care, budget among items facing Va. General Assembly

Credit: Prince William Co. Chamber of Commerce

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

RICHMOND (AP) -- The General Assembly is returning to Richmond for a 60-day session to deal with the state budget and a long list of other issues.

The Senate and the House of Delegates will be gaveled into session at noon Wednesday.

As he heads out the door, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has left lawmakers and Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe a proposed $95.6 billion budget. That will be one of the last bills passed before the assembly adjourns.

Other big issues include mental health and ethics reform and McAuliffe's goal of expanding Medicaid to an additional 400,000 Virginians under the federal health care law.

McDonnell gives his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night, and McAuliffe will be inaugurated Saturday.

13News Now reporter Mike Gooding is in Richmond for the session. Watch for his reports beginning on 13News Now at 5.

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