Interesting graphics, by VPAP, which show:
- Despite House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R)’s brain-dead concern trolling, it turns out that the Democratic-controlled House of Delegates is busy reporting legislation from committee *significantly faster* than Republicans were at this same point in 2018, back when they were in charge! That’s right – there were 111 bills reported from House committees in the first two weeks of the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session, compared to just 76 in 2018.
- The State Senate is chugging along too, although at a bit slower rate than in 2018, when Republicans were in charge.
- And finally, check out the number of bills introduced by Democrats and Republicans this session, compared to previous sessions. What jumps out first is the massive spike in Democratic-sponsored bills in the House of Delegates this session, at around 1,200, while Republican-sponsored bills have actually fallen a bit, to around 600. Democratic-sponsored bills increased from under 400 in 2017 and around 600 in 2019. Wow!
- In the State Senate, Democratic-sponsored bills have also increased significantly (to around 700) while Republican-sponsored bills have fallen a bit (to under 400). In previous years, the number of Senate bills by each party was roughly comparable, with Republicans usually holding a slight lead.