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General Assembly to Focus on Transportation, Gun Control

Posted: Updated: Jan 9, 2013 09:43 PM EST

As the 2013 General Assembly session gets underway, a variety of issues are garnering the attention of lawmakers in Richmond.

Chief among them is transportation, one of Governor Bob McDonnell's two major focus areas during his final years in office.

Gun control will also be an issue of contention in the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Republican Delegate Bob Marshall is proposing a bill to arm at least one person at every school in the state.

The lifting of the state's moratorium on uranium mining and K-12 education reforms also promise heated debates. But democrats and republicans agree, transportation issues are a top priority, even if they question the governor's plan.

"Like a lot of people, I have some concerns about the funding mechanism," said 58th District Delegate Rob Bell. "I want to give him a chance to describe his plan, but I do have concerns about that."

House minority leader and Charlottesville Delegate David Toscano says democrats are eager to find a compromise on transportation.

"There's always hope. Now, there's always the question of the details and how it works, but there's always hope," he said.

Lawmakers also hope to address university leadership transparency in the wake of the fiasco surrounding University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's failed ouster last summer.

Democrats also laid out plans Wednesday to bring women's health issues, like abortion and contraception, back into the conversation.

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