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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - John C. Watkins
State Senate Republicans muscled a surreptitious redraft of Virginia's 40 Senate districts to passage Monday by a single vote over bitter objections from Democrats who were blindsided by the surprise move.
Dozens of Southside Virginia proponents of uranium mining arrived by bus at the Capitol on Thursday as lawmakers provided more details on proposed legislation that would end a 1980s state moratorium on mining the ore used in nuclear power reactors.
Proposed uranium mining in Virginia easily survived its first legislative test Monday, with lawmakers recommending the development of regulations for the mining of the radioactive ore.
"There's language in here that says that property rights are fundamental," he said. "Whatever happened to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness? They're fundamental."
Sen. John C. Watkins, Powhatan Republican, said he would support the amendment [-] if only to demonstrate how woefully inadequate the state's funding for transportation has become.