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Northam sets special General Assembly session for Aug. 18

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

According to a news release from the governor’s administration, 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 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 to COVID-19. In April, Northam worked with legislators freeze, or “unallot” over $2.2 billion in new spending in Virginia’s new biennial budget.

“Legislators will now consider a number of items previously “unalloted”—including the governor’s historic investments in early childhood education, tuition-free community college, affordable housing, and broadband,” the news release reads. 

Policing initiatives are expected to include measures aimed at police accountability and oversight, use of force, increased training and education, and officer recruitment, hiring and decertification. Northam has directed the Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Virginia African American Advisory Board, and the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law to assist the administration in developing policy initiatives. 

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