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Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 06/30/2011

New laws take effect Friday in Va.

After midnight, victims of abusive relationships will find protective court orders easier to get, the absentee votes of deceased voters will count, and you can bring your own bottle of wine with you to a restaurant.

Those are among hundreds of new Virginia laws set to take effect on July 1, the same time state government enters a new fiscal year.

The protective order law extends for the first time to those who fear harm from a dating or workplace relationship. Previously, only family members or those being stalked could get protective orders.

Virginians who vote early but die before election day have had their ballots discarded in Virginia. That changes Friday.

And restaurants for the first time can allow patrons to bring wine with them.

By The Associated Press  |  07:22 AM ET, 06/30/2011

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