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Gov. McDonnell to Decide on 2013 General Assembly Bills

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Governor Bob McDonnell has until midnight Monday to sign or amend bills passed by the 2013 General Assembly. Most bills have already been decided on, but this year's controversial transportation funding plan is still subject to changes.

Lawmakers will return to Richmond next Wednesday, April 3, to review all of the governor's proposed amendments, and many are waiting to see how changes to the much-discussed transportation bill could impact the future of road funding in the state.

House Bill 2313 pumps new money into state transportation coffers, and until midnight , it's in the hands of McDonnell.

"If he guts the bill, it would be a huge mistake and put the bill in peril. If he makes some minor changes to it, I think most people will be able to accept some minor changes," said Del. David Toscano (D) 57th District.

Amended legislation comes back before lawmakers during a one-day veto session next Wednesday.

"He has been in communication with those of us about his amendments. Sometimes he will say, 'here's a technical amendment, what do you think?' And sometimes he'll say, 'I will only sign it if you allow us to make this change,'" said Del. Rob Bell (R) 58th District.

Some of those amendments are small, while others could shake things up.

"I've been led to believe that there are about a hundred technical amendments in the transportation bill just to make sure that it can work correctly," said Toscano.

Some reports indicate a $100 fee for alternative fuel vehicles could be reduced, and an opinion from the attorney general's office last week suggests a plan to impose a local sales tax for road projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads could be unconstitutional.

"So I don't know if the governor will try to propose amendments to address those concerns," said Bell.

Whatever amendments do come down from the governor's desk, lawmakers know they can count on at least one thing.

"It's going to be a long day in Richmond on Wednesday," said Toscano.

The governor's amendments to the transportation plan, and hundreds of other pieces of legislation - including the state budget, will be finalized by midnight Monday.

Next Wednesday lawmakers will decide which of the governor's changes make the cut.

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