2010 Legislation to be Implemented on Thursday
As July 1 quickly approaches, the Commonwealth will be faced with the implementation of almost 900 new pieces of legislation that passed during the 2010 legislative session and were signed into law by the Governor. Although during the 61-day session the focus was largely on addressing a budget shortfall in excess of $4 billion, a number of significant pieces of legislation passed that will have a substantial impact on the lives of the citizens of Virginia.
Legislation passed this session focused on a wide array of issues including jobs & economic development, public safety, transportation, military & veterans' affairs, ethics reform, health care and the Second Amendment.
Some of the significant pieces of legislation that will take effect on July 1 include:
Jobs & Economic Development
SB 475 Provides that grants and loans from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund be awarded based on job creation, private capital investment, and additional tax revenue expected to accrue to the state or localities.
SB 623 Allows tax credits for the creation of "green" jobs.
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 602 The fact that an umbilical cord has not been cut or that the placenta remains attached should not be considered when determining if an infant has achieved an independent and separate existence
HB 46 Creates the Virginia Defective Drywall Correction and Restoration Assistance Fund to promote the correction and restoration of residential property affected by the environmental problems attributable to defective drywall.
SB 537 Increases the speed limits to 70 mph on highways that currently have 65 mph speed limits.
Military & Veterans' Affairs
SB 55 Allows voters entitled to vote absentee due to active duty military service, service in the merchant marines, or temporary residence outside of the United States and the dependents of such voters to use the federal write-in absentee ballot to vote in state and local elections, as well as federal elections.
SJ 13 Constitutional amendment to allow the General Assembly to exempt from property taxes any real property that is the principle residence of a veteran (or their widow or widower) who is determined to have a 100% service-connected, permanent, and total disability.
SB 512 Requires legislators to disclose on their Statement of Economic Interest any salary they or members of their immediate families earn from state or local governments or advisory agencies.
SB 283, SB 311, SB 417 Provide that no resident of the Commonwealth shall be required to maintain a health insurance policy.
SB 334,HB 505 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
Regardless of whether you agree with these new laws or not, they will surely have an impact on all Virginians and it is important that you are aware of them. For further information on new legislation please visit New Laws
Very truly yours,
Senator Tommy Norment