For another month the Democrats have control in the General Assembly and a Governor who will sign into law any new bills. Some Democrats in Richmond see this as the perfect opportunity to protect abortion rights by codifying them into law.
But wait, some Democrat Senators cannot be on hand for such a vote. They’re going on vacation to places like Europe, Africa, and Hawaii.
From the New York Times:
“Theyâ€™re not going to be able to get back; flights are booked this time of year,â€ the majority leader, Richard L. Saslaw, said in an interview from California, where he was en route to the Aloha State. The stateâ€™s General Assembly does not allow proxy or remote voting, and Democratsâ€™ paper-thin majority in the State Senate requires all members to be present to pass contentious legislation.
â€œWe discussed it,â€ Mr. Saslaw said. â€œThere are too many people out of town.â€