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Topic - Stephen H. Martin
With a slew of candidates who many in Virginia still don't know much about, the wide open contest for the Republican nomination to be the state's next lieutenant governor may actually come down to style over substance.
A Republican-run Senate committee swiftly killed legislation Monday that would have made Virginia's mandatory pre-abortion ultrasound exams optional after the committee chairman blocked discussion of the bill.
Former Northern Virginia lawmaker Jeannemarie Devolites Davis will explore a bid for lieutenant governor in 2013, adding another candidate to an already-crowded GOP field.
Virginia legislators are preparing to take on the thorny subject of voter identification laws during the upcoming General Assembly session amid national controversy that includes the Justice Department's rejection of a state law on the matter for the first time in almost 20 years.
"What it's intended to do is make sure that those people that show up at the polls to vote are who they say they are," Mr. Martin, chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee, said in arguing that the amendment be rejected.
"I've got to try to clear the docket here and there's no sense having a full public hearing on something we've already had a full public hearing on," Mr. Martin said.