Saturday, February 8, 2014

Kathy Adams: Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee has big workload

House Courts of Justice Committee has big workload, February 8, 2014
By Kathy Adams

It was already getting dark Monday when Del. David Albo delivered a pep talk to the House Courts of Justice Committee.
It was going to be another late night, he told the 22 members as they sat in a room at the General Assembly Building. The lawmakers still had dozens of bills to go through and only about a week to do it. 

They had two options: stay late or risk working through the weekend, said Albo, a Fairfax County Republican.

“So I don’t want to hear any whining,” Albo warned.

The workload is always daunting – and often tedious – in this committee, which is responsible for vetting, amending and ultimately deciding the fate of every courts-related bill before the Assembly. But this year has been especially tough, with the speaker of the House assigning 297 bills to the panel, more than any other House committee.