How legislation fared during the session

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BUSINESS AND JOBS HB1396/SB739: Allows public corporate relocation incentive money to be used to renovate private structures and raises a cap on grants for companies that create high-paying jobs. Designed to help Virginia lure the headquarters of L.A.-based Northrop Grumman. Approved by the General Assembly.

SB257/HB861: Offers tax credits to film production companies that make movies in Virginia. Approved by the General Assembly.

SB472/HB624: Offers a $1,000 tax credit to businesses that create 50 new jobs or 25 new jobs in economically distressed parts of the state. Approved by the General Assembly.

HB629: Would help protect a Fortune 500 company, Crown Cork & Seal, from asbestos lawsuits. Narrowly passed the House but was defeated in a Senate committee.

EDUCATION SB736/HB1389: Designed to expand the number of laboratory schools that form partnerships with Virginia colleges and universities. Approved by the General Assembly.

SB737/HB130: Designed to expand the number of charter schools. Approved by the General Assembly.

SB738/HB1388: Designed to expand the number of virtual schools in which students can learn outside traditional classrooms. Approved by the General Assembly.

FIREARMS SB334/HB505: Allows concealed-handgun permit holders to carry weapons in bars but also makes it a crime for the bearer to drink alcohol there. Approved by the General Assembly.

SB408/HB885: Allows gun owners to keep a handgun in boat or motor vehicle if the weapon is in a locked container or compartment. Approved by the General Assembly.

HB49: Repeals ban on buying more than one handgun a month. Approved by House but killed in a Senate subcommittee.

HB1234: Requires all purchasers at gun shows to undergo a criminal background check before buying a firearm. Killed in House committee. Companion SB595 died in Senate committee.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY HB1134: Would decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana. Killed by House subcommittee.


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