Click here to view the Governor's statement regarding the PE bill. Among other things, the Governor stated "In my Inaugural Address I stated very clearly that Washington does not always know better than Richmond, and, equally, that Richmond does not always know better than Fairfax or Galax. I have long opposed significant unfunded mandates passed from one level of government to another. Thus, I cannot in good conscience sign this legislation."
The bill will now go back to the General Assembly for reconsideration during the reconvened session on April 6. The General Assembly can override the Governor's veto with a 2/3 vote in each chamber. We are very pleased with the Governor's decision to veto this bill and we will continue to lobby against this bill as the reconvened session approaches.