Washington Capitals, Wizards arena proposal highlights Gov. Youngkin’s divided Virginia government

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WASHINGTON — The proposal to move the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NBA’s Washington Wizards out of Washington has hit a snag in Virginia’s General Assembly. 

State Sen. Louise Lucas, chair of the state Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, said Saturday she believed Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to move the sports teams out of Washington and into Alexandria, Virginia, was “not ready for prime time.”

Lucas doubled down on that sentiment Monday, when her committee wrapped up work on bills heading to their counterparts in the House of Delegates for approval and the Senate bill that laid out a $2 billion plan to move the two teams was not one of them. 

“This is what happens when Executive Branch doesn’t operate in good faith and doesn’t have respect for the Legislative Branch,” Lucas, a Democrat, said on X.