The Virginia General Assembly introduced 2,875 bills during the 60-day legislative session. Nearly 1,600 passed. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has already signed 209 into law.
HB1106: Provides insurance coverage for families with autistic children, ages 2 to 6. McDonnell signed the bill.
HB62: Would have prevented low-income women whose fetuses have gross mental and physical abnormalities from using state funds for abortions.
HB9 /SB1: Require voters who show up at the polls without identification to vote provisionally and to provide ID within six days for their ballot to be counted. Also greatly expands acceptable identification to include such things as student IDs, government checks and utility bills.
HB754/SB67: Strip localities of the right to require fingerprints from people seeking concealed handgun permits.
HB375 : Allows local government employees to store guns and ammunition in private cars parked at their workplaces.
HB91/SB324: Would have allowed faculty at public universities to carry concealed handguns on campus,and would have prevented public universities from banning weapons on campus.
SB378/HB279: Require all convicted drunken drivers to have an ignition interlock device, forcing them to pass a breath test before their cars can start. McDonnell signed the bill.
HB3 /HB970 /HB1237: Spell out who is required to report suspected child abuse, would reduce the deadline to report and would increase the punishment for those who do not — changes inspired by the child sexual-abuse scandal last year at Penn State University.
HB1060: Would have allowed officers to ascertain citizenship of those arrested.
HB389: Would have expanded the death penalty beyond the so-called triggerman to those who act as accessories to capital murder.
HB968: Would impose tougher penalties for drug trafficking, with a mandatory minimum three-year sentence for a second drug conviction and a mandatory minimum 10-year term for third and subsequent offenses.
HB1245 /SB237 : Allow McDonnell to seat appointees to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board, the agency that operates Reagan National and Dulles International airports and is managing construction of the $6 billion Metrorail expansion to Loudoun County.
HB1107 /SB656: Requires school boards to establish policies for keeping epinephrine pens on hand at every school, so that a school nurse or employee could administer it to a student having an anaphylactic reaction.
HB321: Provides tax credits to individuals and businesses donating private-school tuition money to low- and middle-income students.
HB5/SB240: Call for a voter referendum on amending the Virginia Constitution to make it harder for government to seize private property under eminent domain.
SB455/HB251: Draw new lines for the state’s 11 congressional districts. McDonnell signed the bill.
HB523: Requires insurance companies that exclude coverage for earthquake damage to provide written notice of that and notify property owners that the insurance may be available for additional cost.
HB33/SB242 : Prohibit the use of mandatory project labor agreements for state-funded projects in Virginia.
HB160: Would have increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
SB41: Provides Thomas Haynesworth, who spent 27 years behind bars for rapes he did not commit, nearly $1.1 million in compensation for wrongful imprisonment.