Brent Finnegan -- February 4th, 2011
Sen. Mark Obenshain’s bill that would have privatized state-owned liquor stores in Virginia was killed in committee Friday morning.
The Washington Post reports that Friday’s rejection came as no surprise. Rosalind Helderman writes:
The development was widely anticipated — Republican House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) and other GOP-leaders had already declared the bill essentially dead.
And in the Senate, Rehabilitation and Social Services committee Chairwoman Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Fairfax) had said repeatedly that her panel would not hear the bill until the Republican-led House of Delegates advanced the proposal.
But unlike in the House, where McDonnell’s Republican allies showed no interest in privatization, the GOP in the Senate had pushed for the idea to be heard.
However, McDonnell failed to gain enough legislative support, even after revising his proposal several times, and he has barely mentioned the idea since this year’s session has begun.
In a public statement, Obenshain blasted Senate Democrats for killing his bill “without even voting on it.”
In a way, this is a rerun of the 2009 session (during the Kaine administration) when Obenshain’s earlier ABC privatization proposal was rejected.
File photo of Obenshain by Holly Marcus.