Bill Of The Day/QOD Runner-Up: Wake Up Senator!Feb 24, 2009
Today's Bill of the Day also generated a near-miss Quote of the Day. HB 2671, patroned by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15, Woodstock), is a bill that would recognize Page County as the "Cabin Capital of Virginia." Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg), apparently carrying the bill on the Senate floor since he represents Page, found himself in the midst of a tortuous Q&A on the bill by Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25, Bath). Among the pressing matters the would-be governor wanted to know from the stand-in patron was "Does the gentleman know what goes on in cabins?" Any type of debate signals, even if not paying attention, that the bill clearly is not in the uncontested calendar.
But enough was enough for Senator Donald McEachin (D-9, Henrico), who decided to take action:
Senator McEachin: "Mr. President, I request the bill be pulled from the uncontested block."
Lt. Governor Bill Bolling: "It has been pulled from the uncontested block. Are the Senators ready to vote? . . ."
Wake-up, big Don! The bill passed 20-17.