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Reviews mixed on Assembly legislation

Did the 2013 General Assembly make everyone happy, or nobody happy? It might depend on which bill you are talking about.

State Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, told lawyers in Salem Tuesday the centerpiece of the session, the transportation bill, has “something for everyone to hate.” Most prominent on the negativity scale is the sales tax increase to raise road construction money.

On the other hand, the package of six “tort reform” bills passed by the Assembly has Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, taking accolades from both The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Habeeb told members of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association he was on his way to be honored as a “pro-business legislator” at a chamber awards dinner in Tysons Corner, having recently received congratulations at a VTLA event for his work on the same legislation.

“Somehow we walk a fine line when both the chamber and the VTLA are happy,” he said.

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