Richmond, VA - Wednesday marked the beginning of the annual General Assembly session in Richmond.
It was the return of State Senator Creigh Deeds to work after his son attacked him last year that made headlines.
There are a number of issues that will be on the table this month.
Day one at the State Capitol is always a housekeeping day more or less, getting all of the procedural things out of the way, so the lawmakers can begin the actual work of crafting legislation.
The members of the General Assembly will reconvene for Governor Bob McDonnell's last State of the Commonwealth address.
Lawmakers assembled in Richmond at noon, including State Senator Creigh Deeds, who has recovered from the stabbing attack by his son, Gus. He was said to have suffered from mental illness before taking his own life.
Mental health reform is going to be a big topic of discussion.
The lawmakers will also be working with a new governor, and are optimistic they'll reach bipartisan agreement on major issues.
"We're all hopeful that we can find common ground on many issues that are going to be beneficial to the people in the Commonwealth. Some of the areas that I think we're going to have the most difficulty are Medicaid expansion, budgetary issues. Those name just a few of them, but very big items," said Del. Kathy Byron (R) 22nd District.