Over 900 new pieces of legislation (too many) that were passed during the 2010 General Assembly Session and signed by the Governor go into effect today. As you know, much of our time in Richmond this session was focused on addressing a $4 billion budget shortfall. However, there are a number of interesting pieces of legislation, which will impact all of us.
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 $50,000.
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 proceeding.
SB 652 - Required the Board of Education to develop and distribute to local school divisions guidelines for dealing with concussions in student-athletes.
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 duty.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy this beautiful holiday weekend!
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Jeffrey L. McWaters