Week 10: Here’s What Happened Last Week

Here is what you missed last week.

The House of Delegates and Senate adjourned Saturday without passing the budget, forcing them to vote to schedule a special session. Yet, the two chambers remain divided over whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 uninsured Virginias in the state budget.

Gov. Ralph Northam signed the utility bill affecting about 3 million Virginia ratepayers. The legislation will end the freeze on energy utility rates for Dominion Energy and Applalchian Power and includes big boosts for grid modernization and renewable energy.

The General Assembly approved a bill that would define recess as instructional time, in response to concerned parents worried about the lack of unstructured play over the long school day.

Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates are creating a committee to study school safety in response to pressures to take action after the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 people dead. House Democrats called for action on gun control but the Republican majority argued that there wasn’t enough time left in the session for the issue.