Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Senate Dems push McDonnell to pay for ultrasound bill
While state legislators are taking a break between their regular session and a special session on the budget, they’re not breaking from the flurry of budget-related letters that have passed between Democrats and Gov. Bob McDonnell.
On Wednesday, Senate Democrats sent McDonnell a letter reiterating their demand that he find a way to pay for ultrasounds that will be required before a woman can have an abortion.
McDonnell signed the bill mandating the ultrasounds, which was one of the most contentious bills of the session.
Senate Democrats say that it’s the first time since the era of forced sterilizations that the state has mandated a medical procedure, and that if the state is going to require it, the state should pay for it.
That’s one of a number of budget demands Democrats have made in recent weeks, as they rejected two budget bills before the session adjourned on Saturday.
Last week they put their requests into amendment form, and the Senate will deal with those — and the one remaining budget bill — next week.
While Democrats have been trading budget letters with McDonnell, they apparently feel his last reply ignored the ultrasound issue, so they’ve written him another letter to remind him.
You can read the full letter here.