Update as of 2/9/18:
Always keep our League policy in mind:
“Only the President or her designee is authorized to speak for the League.
However,we encourage all members to contact their public officials as individuals,
whether or not they agree with a League position.”
Powers of the General Assembly
Expected on the House Floor this coming week!
Contact your Delegate to oppose this Constitutional Amendment and protect Virginia’s separation of powers.
The amendment would add some powers to the legislative branch and diminish some of the executive branch. The General Assembly could suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation by a joint resolution agreed to by a majority vote of both the House and Senate. The legislators could authorize this suspension even while the General Assembly is not in a regular session by forming a committee or commission.
There was significant debate in 2017 about the concern that this would not retain the current separation of powers of the legislative and executive branches. This amendment would insert the legislature into the role of the Executive branch.
Therefore, if legislators do not support a regulation they can propose legislation to change it — NOT take power from the executive branch.
If legislators do not support a regulation they can determine a way to have the Judicial branch make a ruling. ”
Virginia needs to maintain the separation of powers.