The oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere convened last week as the Virginia General Assembly opened the 2010 session on January 13th. Among the 1800+ bills filed and ordered, two are of particular intrest to Capitals’ fans living in the Commonwealth. Those are House Bill 1232, introduced by Delegate Vivian E. Watts, and Senate Bill 453, introduced Senator Mary Margaret Whipple. These two bills “authorize the issuance of revenue-sharing special license plates to supporters of the Washington Capitals hockey team.”
What’s next? In a nutshell, the bills are read, debated, ammended, put forth for adoption, reprinted for passage, voted on, then sent to the other body where they lather, rinse and repeat. If still intact after both bodies, the bill goes to the Governor for approval. Bills that become law are effective on July 1st, though it is unclear how that relates to the issuance of license plates.
While we realize there is no such thing as a free lunch, we also don’t expect the legistature to call on the US Navy to deep-six the legislation. Though, if that happens, you can expect many Virginians to suffer asthma attacks and may send their representatives stockings full of coal next Christmas.