Session Begins

The General Assembly session begins Wednesday and it promises to be colorful. That's because this year, Virginia's General Assembly is divided.

November's election tilted the balance. Democrats took over the Senate, leaving the GOP weakened.

Now some are wondering how willing the conservative House GOP majority will be to work with a legacy-seeking governor and the Senate's new Democratic leadership.

University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato predicted plenty of issues on which the opposing parties can find compromise.

For example, he says mental health reforms proposed as a result of the Virginia Tech shootings and elimination or modification of the abusive-driver fees passed last year are among the high-profile issues on which the parties likely will find agreement. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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