The short version of this mess:
Senate Bill 924, sponsored by Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover, originally dealt with the need for emergency plans for security and infectious-disease issues at hospitals and nursing facilities.
But it applied to a section of the Virginia code where any legislation governing the regulation of abortion clinics would have to be entered. This protected the clinic amendments proposed on the House floor by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell, from being stripped from the bill for not being relevant.
Democratic Senator Howell said Senate Bill 924 was clearly “a plant” designed to make it through the Senate so it could go to the House and be amended by the Republican majority.
The bill should have been killed in the Senate by the Democrats!