Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) announced Sunday that House Bill 5002, the biennial budget bill, has been enrolled and communicated to the Governor’s office for his signature or amendments. HB5002 was passed by the General Assembly on Thursday, June 12.
“The House Clerk’s office has officially communicated the budget bill to the Governor’s office for his actions,” said Speaker Howell. “I want to thank Chairman Jones and the House Appropriations Committee staff for enrolling the budget bill so quickly. According to the Constitution, the Governor has seven days to act on the budget. I strongly encourage the Governor to avoid making substantive amendments that will unnecessarily delay the final adoption of the budget.”
“The House Appropriations Committee staff worked through the weekend in order to communicate the budget bill to the Governor as quickly as possible,” Chairman Jones said. “Earlier today, we notified Secretary of Finance Ric Brown, the Department of Planning and Budget, and the Senate Finance Committee that the budget bill had been communicated for action by the Governor. As I said Thursday, this is a responsible and practicable budget that closes the revenue shortfall while protecting key investments. I join the Speaker in strongly encouraging the Governor to avoid making substantive amendments that will unnecessarily delay the final adoption of the budget.”