When Virginia legislators thunder about their opponents across the aisle, do we need to take them with a grain of salt?
Consider these numbers, courtesy of the Virginia Public Access Project: of 1,526 bills enacted by the General Assembly last year, 681 were resolutions commemorating, memorializing or praising various Virginians.
Of actual pieces of legislation, 489 passed unanimously. Another 259 passed with margins of more than 75 percent.
Only 40 passed with margins of 60 percent or less at some point in the process. The list is here.
Some will sound familiar, like the Voter ID law. Some, like Sen. Ralph Smith’s tweak of the 2011 authorization to sell state land in Roanoke County to Mennel Milling, squeaked by in committee, only to have the committee members who objected be among the unanimous supports when the the measure came before the full House or state Senate.
Of course, there were 1,048 proposals that died.