The Democratic Senator who filed a lawsuit against Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling over his constitutional authority in a split Senate says there are no concessions to be made now that the Lieutenant Governor has asked the judge presiding over the case to dismiss it entirely.
Bolling’s memorandum clarified that although he has the authority to break ties, including on Senate rules, he does not have authority on everything. But the Democrat who filed the lawsuit says the voters who chose a split Senate last fall are being ignored. Senator Donald McEachin adds that polls show most voters want power-sharing. The judge has said she cannot rule until there is a tie-breaking vote, which McEachin says leaves unanswered questions.
Bolling thinks the lawsuit is not in the best interest of Virginians. He says Democrats forget that when there was an equal split in the 1990s with a Lieutenant Governor of their party, they, too, claimed the majority.
-by Tommie McNeil