Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has been pretty clear this session about his desire for the Senate to do more work in more expedient fashion.
From opening day on, Miller has asked, urged, harangued and even offered positive reenforcement in an attempt to get Senate bills introduced earlier, get them hearing in committee and voted across the hall. He changed the Senate rules in an attempt to encourage the House of Delegates to move its bills to the Senate .
On Thursday, Miller told members of the Senate that they have passed 92 Senate bills since the session opened on January 8. To date, the House has passed one bill, an emergency bill establishing bridge insurance for residents who were unable to sign up for insurance through the state health benefits exchange.
“The House has passed one bill,” Miller said. “And that was the Senate bill.”
Note to the House: Miller’s keeping score.