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Northam calls for special session to focus on budget, police

General Assembly passes ethics bill
Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 12:59:58-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has called for a special legislative session next month to focus on the state budget in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as well as criminal and social justice reform.

Northam’s office made the announcement Friday.

Lawmakers will be due back in Richmond on Aug. 18.

The Democratic governor said in a statement that he and lawmakers have a unique opportunity to invest in the state's economic recovery and “make progress” on policing and criminal justice reform.

“I look forward to bringing legislators back in session as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times,” said Governor Northam. “We have a unique opportunity to provide critical support to Virginians, invest strategically in our economic recovery, and make progress on policing and criminal justice reform. Let’s get to work.”