Extra session of the Legislature.
At a recent meeting held by citizens of Halifax county
an extra session of the Virginia Legislature was recommended, and the Governor
requested to convene one "with the least possible delay." Dr. E. A. Coleman
presided, and Dr. J. W. Craddock
acted as Secretary
. --The resolution was moved by Mr. James C. Bruce
, and adopted unanimously.
The chief argument for the calling together the Legislature was that the menaced condition of the State
demanded measures for the public defence (especially from raids) which it was thought the Legislature should adopt.
The miserable Constitution of '50 saddled Virginia
with biennial sessions of her Legislature.
It was a lame and impotent conclusion for a body of men engaged in so important a matter as amending the Constitution
of the State
to arrive at. The State of Virginia
, with her extensive area, large and multiform resources, and constantly accruing subjects of legislative inquiry and action, requires an annual session of her General Assembly.
In her condition of peace and security she can not without injury to her interests dispense with it. She had better have a permanent session the year round than a session once in two years. If ordinarily, however, an annual session is demanded by the wants and interests of the State
, it is certainly more imperatively called for now, when Virginia
is threatened by hostile armies and roving banditti, let loose upon her from her Northern border to rob her people and desolate her land.
Of course the usual business of legislation is superseded in a great degree by the state of war. The public defence and the safety of the State
now demand chiefly our deliberation and our means.
But this deserves the attention of the whole Government, and the measures proper in the exigency cannot receive the highest degree of efficiency without the co-operation of all the departments.