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Sunday, March 27, 2011

McDonnell and the Virginia Mandate

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:

Advocates are anxiously awaiting action by Gov. Bob McDonnell on a measure requiring autism insurance in the final days of his window to review bills.

Supporters of the measure were on Capitol Square Friday trying to get a sense of where things stood — hearing McDonnell is considering several amendments to the bill — and hand-delivering a letter to the governor's office urging his support.

McDonnell has until Tuesday to sign, veto or amend legislation passed during the winter General Assembly session. The autism coverage legislation ranks among the more contentious bills awaiting action by McDonnell. It pits families of autistic children, who have for years sought help with expensive treatments, against powerful business interests.

"Obviously he's not going to sign it, or he would have," Teresa Champion, a regional director for the Virginia Autism Project, said while sitting outside Speaker of the House William J. Howell's office on Friday waiting for any news.