Key bills hang in balance during General Assembly’s final week

Posted at 9:38 PM, Feb 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 00:03:55-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- There is one week remaining in the 2013 Virginia General Assembly, and while the session has brought the Commonwealth new laws, there are still some key pieces of legislation that could be decided this week.

In fact, lawmakers are still working to fix the transportation budget shortfall.

The Senate is favoring a plan that would increase the gas tax while the House wants to eliminate the gas tax and instead increase the state sales tax.

Additionally, the Senate has also passed legislation that would expand Medicaid in compliance with the Affordable Care Act while House lawmakers want to reform the program before they expand.

A new bill that would increase the penalties for people caught texting while driving is also receiving a lot of attention.