A day at the General Assembly

by Sherry Hamilton and Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Feb 02, 2011 - 04:03 PM

Photo: Katie Robeson, left, staff member, and Micala MacRae, intern, stand alongside Senator Tommy Norment (R-James City) Monday morning in the General Assembly office building, Richmond. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Katie Robeson, left, staff member, and Micala MacRae, intern, stand alongside Senator Tommy Norment (R-James City) Monday morning in the General Assembly office building, Richmond. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Photo: Senator Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) talks to local reporters Monday afternoon in his office in the General Assembly office building, Richmond. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Senator Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) talks to local reporters Monday afternoon in his office in the General Assembly office building, Richmond. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Issues are flying fast and furious across Virginia, and the General Assembly is trying to stay on top of them during the short, 45-day session.

State Sen. Tommy Norment (R-James City County) had already finished a meeting with the Senate Courts Committee by 11 o’clock on Monday morning and was preparing for the day’s Senate session. In the committee, he said, he and other members had been trying to iron out differences on issues that ranged from medical malpractice to violent sexual predators. But he was able to quickly switch tracks and discuss such issues as aquaculture, transportation and real estate assessments.

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) had a busy morning, as well, as he pitched a bill to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources. But later in the day, after the Senate had adjourned, he met with the Gazette-Journal, relaxed a bit, and talked about local legislation that will impact the area.