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General Assembly to convene Aug. 18

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he is calling the General Assembly into special session on Tuesday, Aug. 18, following his traditional end-of-fiscal year report to the legislature’s money committees.

A special session is necessary to adopt a budget based on the revised revenue forecast in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Northam said he will work closely with legislative leaders and advocates to propose additional criminal justice and policing reform.

The General Assembly will meet to adopt a final budget, a process that was postponed earlier in the year due toCOVID-19. In April, Northam worked with legislators to freeze more than $2.2 billion in new spending in Virginia’s new biennial budget. This strategy allowed time for the commonwealth’s fiscal outlook to stabilize and avoided major cuts to important new programs and state services. Legislators will now consider a number of items previously frozen—including investments in early childhood educati...

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