General Assembly 2016

Virginia Bans Smoking in Cars with Children

Jun 30, 2016
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Smoking in a car when a child eight or younger is present will now carry a $100 fine in the state. That’s one of Virginia’s new laws that goes into effect July 1st. 

Only seven other states have similar laws, with different age cut-offs. Maine makes it illegal to smoke if anyone under 13 is in the car. In California, it’s under 18.

Bronson Frick, with Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights says the next step is to have educational outreach that works alongside the law.

New Virginia Laws Go Into Effect July 1st

Jun 30, 2016

 A series of new laws are set to go into effect tomorrow, including parts of a landmark gun compromise between Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers.

VA Lawmakers Reconvene for Veto Session

Apr 20, 2016
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Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments. So far, Republicans in the House have been able to overturn two of the governor but they didn't have the votes on the Senate side. So all the governor's vetoes will stand. 

Since the General Assembly session ended last month, the governor has been on a tour of sorts — wielding his veto pen and issuing a flurry of press releases. Republican House Majority Leader Kirk Cox opened today's veto session by decrying what he called “Washington-style politics” from McAuliffe.

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Among a handful of bills the governor signed April 14 is a measure to help victims of sexual assault on college campuses.  Campus staff members who investigate those assaults will now go through sensitivity training.

  The training will be required of anyone involved in the a rape investigation on a college or university campus -- people like school police, local law enforcement, or the university official whose job it is to work with victims.

Deadline Looms for VA's Legislation

Apr 8, 2016
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It's crunch time for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is facing a deadline this weekend. By Monday morning, he'll have to have finished considering all the laws passed by the General Assembly this year.