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He also predicted that Democrats will look back on the session and say they successfully advanced their priorities, despite the makeup of the legislature.

For example, several bills that would repeal a state ban against hunting on Sundays were rolled into one, carried by Sen. Ralph S. Northam, Norfolk Democrat, easily cleared the Senate.

But advancing such bipartisan bills is one thing. Blocking Republican priorities is another.

Delegate Jeion A. Ward, Hampton Democrat, gave an impassioned speech on the House floor last week decrying the lack of female voices heard on a bill to repeal the state’s mandate that girls receive a vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) before they enter the sixth grade.

“I was so disturbed when debate was cut off before we had a chance to say anything,” she said. “And just remember — it’s not over until a woman has had her voice heard also.”

Delegate Kathy J. Byron, Campbell Republican and sponsor of the measure, bristled at Ms. Ward’s response.

“Perhaps I need to wear dresses more often,” she said before the body passed the bill on a 62-34 vote. “The last time I checked, I didn’t think I was a man.”

The measure passed on an almost-identical 61-33 vote last year, only to be killed in the Democrat-controlled Senate Education and Health committee — on which Republicans now hold an 8-7 advantage.