Transportation special session in the works?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 3, 2008

WINDSOR-The Virginia General Assembly has a special session scheduled for April 23, a session that Del. William K. Barlow, D-Smithfield, said had jokingly been called &uot;Special Session I.&uot;

Apparently, Special Session II will follow close thereafter.

At Friday morning’s Richard J. Holland Post-Legislative Breakfast Forum organized by the Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Dana Dickens, president and chief executive officer of the Hampton Roads Partnership, told the audience that he had met with Gov. Tim Kaine this week and learned a special session on transportation would be held between mid-May and mid-June.

The notice caught the four state legislators in attendance by surprise.

The Hampton Roads Authority is a public-private organization representing 10 cities, six counties and one town with a combined population of nearly 1.6 million citizens. One of the group’s major concerns is transportation improvements in the region.

Dickens was invited to speak at the forum held at the Windsor Ruritan Club.

The April 23 session, Barlow said Friday, is to discuss vetoes by Gov. Tim Kaine and to appoint more than 30 judges – action that was not taken during the regular session.