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Apr 12, 2020 12 tweets 6 min read Read on X
Flood of bill signings from @GovernorVA this weekend, due to 30-day deadline from end of session. Seems like a good time for a how-a-bill-becomes-a-law #ExecutiveBranch #thread !
#VAGovernor handles bills according to Article 5, Section 6 of VA Constitution (link below for fun #quarantine reading)
#VAConstitution lays out 2 deadlines (roughly) for #VAGovernor: 7 days if he gets the bill during legislative session, 30 days if he gets them after. We're now on 2nd deadline
#VAGovernor has 4 options w/ each bill: [1] sign, [2] ignore, [3] veto, [4] amend
First two options make bill a law. Governor's signature makes it a law, or no action eventually leads to law w/o signature (which I think is rare but could not find data)
Option (3) is veto: sent back to #VAGeneralAssembly. Both houses need to pass by 2/3 to override veto (override is DEFINITELY rare, tho' data also hard to find)
FYI, T-Mac is record-holder for vetoes w/ 120, due to GOP control of #VAGeneralAssembly during his term; Northam much less likely to veto bills from Dem-controlled legislature (tho' #COVID response may get him there)
Option (4) is most confusing/interesting: Governor suggests amendments, and bill goes back to #VAGeneralAssembly to reconsider during a "veto session"
Legislature also has options now: [1] agree to amendments (majority vote, both houses); [2] override amendments & pass original bill (2/3 vote, both houses - super rare); [3] reject amendments and send original bill BACK to Gov for signature/veto
BTW, this also gets even more complicated if #VAGovernor adds more than one amendment to a bill, w/ legislature deciding whether to vote on them separately or together
Also complicated: the budget. #VAGovernor has "line-item" veto that allows him to strike particular items but keep budget in place; will almost certainly use and/or propose amendments this year due to #COVID
#VAGeneralAssembly will reconvene later in April (maybe outside!?!?) to consider amendments; budget may wait for special session afterward. Wash your hands!

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Sep 3, 2021
As I prep my political theory class for this fall, I'm struck that one thing the TX abortion law should hammer home, and that some of us sometimes forget: conservatism is openly hostile towards individual freedom
As ideology, conservatism embraces ancient ideas of difference. Plato's Republic imagines world where people are sorted according to innate characteristics; Aristotle thought democracy was worst form of government. To Greeks, some people just better suited to rule than others
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As #VAGOP convention approaches, candidates talking about banning "critical race theory" from our schools. We know that racist appeals work on many white voters (hi Donald!) but this one is especially insidious. Here's why
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Apr 16, 2021
Maybe you've seen this, but this week my students and I went on an eye-opening trip through the @americanpano Mapping Inequality project from @UR_DSL

#Redlining in #RVA: a quick #Thread
Background: the federal govt's Home Owners' Loan Corporation was a New Deal org aimed at helping people keep their homes post-Depression. Financially, it did pretty well - even turning a small profit
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Sep 26, 2020
Happy weekend VA! Earlier this week I tweeted out #VoteNoOn1, the redistricting commission amendment. I'm still a No, but feel a Prof's need to clarify after hearing from some folks on both sides
Earlier I said we all want Non-partisan, but even A1 supporters say that's basically impossible. What we actually want is INDEPENDENCE. Current SB 5015 tries to specify criteria for citizen members beyond "party picks" so it would help if passed
But doesn't get over the fact that legislators are on the commission, and that one or two of them could use their veto power for mischief. In an uneven partisan environment (where GOP routinely kicks Dems' ass on process/power) I don't see a way around that
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Sep 22, 2020
Good morning VA! As early voting ramps up around the state, now’s a good time to remind you to Vote NO on Amendment 1, which supposedly ensures fair redistricting. I’m not convinced. Here's why:
Background: you probably know that “redistricting” - drawing district lines for state legislature and Congress - is super important is for setting the political course of the next decade. So do politicians, which is why they try to control it
A coalition pushed for fair, non-partisan process by 2019 deadline. (Constitutional amendment in VA needs GA to pass a resolution twice, then approved on voter ballot Q.) They didn't get it! Instead, they put in place a compromise
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Sep 15, 2020
Anyone check out the #RVAProtests "112 Days" show on @CBS6 last night? You can watch it on MSN (linked below), but I did so you don't have to. Two big thoughts:
#Thread 1/

First, the doc not great on repping protestors. Some efforts to give voice to protest, but probably not central figures. I get it - it's hard to parse, there's no "President of the Movement," and lots of folks probably didn't want to talk
But still - why so much freakin' Mark Holmberg? Why let him complain that protestors marched at Lee Circle but not Gilpin Court- and then ignore multiple anti-eviction actions?
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