Morning Read: Cuccinelli Says Transportation Plan Is Still Not Done

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At this point, it’s no secret that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli doesn’t support the Gov. Bob McDonnell-backed transportation legislation -- and on Thursday, the attorney general indicated to Politico that he may issue another legal opinion on the massive bill that the governor still needs to sign into law.

After Cuccinelli spoke at CPAC, Politico asked him if he had been in contact with McDonnell since the last day of the legislative session, when Cuccinelli nearly thwarted the deal by issuing a last-minute opinion.

His response:

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“Oh yeah, it went fine,” said Cuccinelli of the meeting, before quickly adding, “He still has his work to do on that bill for the veto session on April 3,” a reference to the one-day convening of the legislature when it will take up any bills McDonnell has vetoed or amended. “And we advise him on that and we’ve spent a lot of time doing that since the session.”

When asked directly if he would weigh in again with a legal opinion he said, “Oh yes.”

McDonnell has 30 days from the end of the legislative session, which concluded on Feb 23, to amend or veto any bills.

In response to Cuccinelli’s comments, a McDonnell spokesman downplayed Cuccinelli’s comments to Politico, saying the attorney reviews all legislation once it passes the General Assembly and this is all part of the legislation process.


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