By and large, Gov. Bob McDonnell seems OK with the bills Southwest Virginia’s legislators got through the General Assembly this year — though he did wield a sharp editor’s pencil.
On Wednesday, the legislature reconvenes to consider his amendments and vetoes.
McDonnell wants to amend the bill Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, sponsored that would put a moratorium on drones, by adding a paragraph asking the Department of Criminal Justice Services to develop guidelines for when law enforcement agencies might use drones. The governor proposes the agency report back to the legislature and to him by Nov. 1.
A sharp gubernatorial eye struck out an extraneous “truck” in state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ proposal to increase the distance farm-use vehicles may travel — the term “pickup or panel trucks” works just as well as the bill’s language about “pickup trucks or panel trucks,” in the governor’s view.
There were similar tweaks in Sen. Bill Stanley’s proposal to tighten up on who can get Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credits, Cline’s bill on filing documents for Uniform Commercial Code secured transactions, and state Sen. Bill Carrico’s proposal on drawing boundaries within which localities can cooperate on 911 dispatch.
Though the legislature can always surprise, don’t expect many fireworks for any of these — those will likely be reserved for the budget and for judicial elections.