Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Virginia state Laws in affect today

Jobs and Economic Development

SB 475 - Strengthens the criteria used for awarding monies from the
$25 million Governor's Opportunity Fund.

SB 472 - Lowers the threshold for the Major Business Facility Job Tax
Credit to 50 full-time jobs from 100, and in economically distressed
areas to 25 jobs from 50.

SB 623 - Creates a Green Jobs tax credit of up to $500 per position
for up to 350 new green jobs with an annual salary in excess of

Public Safety

SB 486 - Requires the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide
information to law-enforcement relating to involvement in or
investigations of criminal street gangs.

SB 520 - Adds murder of auxiliary police officers or auxiliary deputy
sheriffs to the capital murder statute.

SB 95 - Extends short-term disability benefits for state police
officers injured in the line of duty from 125 work days to up to one
calendar year.

Health and Human Resources

SB 417 - A resident of the Commonwealth shall not be required to
obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage except as
required by a court or the Department of Social Services where the
individual is named a party in a judicial or administrative

SB 652 - Required the Board of Education to develop and distribute to
local school divisions guidelines for dealing with concussions in

Budget Amendment 4-5.04 - Limits state funding of abortions to only
cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.


SB 537 - Increases the speed limit to 70 mph on highways that
currently have 65 mph speed limits.

HB 1159 - Requires drivers to move left on a four lane highway when
approaching vehicles displaying flashing blue, red, or amber lights.
This provision does not apply in highway work zones.

Military & Veterans' Affairs

SB 151 - Provides that a property owner's association shall not
prohibit or otherwise adopt a policy restricting an owner from
displaying the flag of the United States whenever such a display is in
compliance with the Federal Flag Code.

HJ 127 - Designates the Honor and Remember Flag as the Commonwealth's
emblem of service and sacrifice by the brave men and women of the
United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of

SB 31 - Provides for a referendum at the November 2, 2010, election to
approve or reject an amendment requiring the General Assembly to
provide a real property tax exemption for the principal residence of a
veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, if the veteran has a 100
percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability.

Ethics Reform

SB 512 - Requires legislators to disclose on their Statement of
Economic Interest any salary they or members of their immediate
families earn from state of local governments or advisory agencies.

2nd Amendment

SB 334 - Allows persons with a concealed handgun permit to carry a
handgun concealed onto the premises of a restaurant or club and
prohibits them from consuming alcohol.

SB 408 - Allows persons who may lawfully possess a firearm to carry a
handgun in a private motor vehicle or vessel if it is in a container
or compartment.

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