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BREAST-FEEDING, PET SALES, DRONES: NEW VIRGINIA LAWS START WEDNESDAY

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press

A bevy of new Virginia laws go into effect Wednesday. July 1 is the default date for bills to become law in Virginia, and it's the start of the state's new fiscal year, so the new budget takes effect as well.

VaNews July 1, 2015


A GOP COMPROMISE

Roanoke Times

It turns out that Jeb Bush might be able to lose the Virginia primary, after all. So will a lot of other Republicans, depending how many are still in the running then.

VaNews July 1, 2015


DOMINION WARNS BLACKOUTS POSSIBLE EVEN IN MILD WEATHER

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press

The Peninsula could see rolling blackouts even in mild weather if a controversial high voltage transmission line across the James River isn't in place by 2017, Dominion Virginia Power said in a new filing with the State Corporation Commission.

VaNews July 1, 2015


SCHAPIRO: NATIONAL POLITICS BECOMING STATE POLITICS

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Terry McAuliffe is never at a loss for words. Even before the U.S. Supreme Court rulings upholding Obamacare and legalizing same-sex marriage — both are a big deal with the Democratic base — the Virginia governor was hitting the hot button, energizing the faithful for fall legislative elections that will determine whether he’ll gain traction on the back end of his term or keep spinning his wheels.

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LINGAMFELTER POINTS TO RECORD, SENIORITY IN RE-ELECT BID

By DAN ROEM, Prince William Times

When the 2016 regular session of the General Assembly convenes next January, only one of the 13 legislators from Prince William County will have served in Richmond before the turn of the century. The retirements of state Sens. Chuck Colgan (D-29th) and Toddy Puller (D-36th) mean Prince William loses decades of seniority in the upper chamber.

VaNews July 1, 2015


VA. CONFEDERACY GROUP VOWS TO OPPOSE 'ORCHESTRATED WITCH HUNT' ON LICENSE PLATES

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Virginia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has said it will oppose Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order to have its logo removed from state-issued license plates. In a letter to Richard D. Holcomb, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Sons of Confederate Veterans commander L. Tracy Clary said the plates came through a court order, "not through the 'offices, largesse and goodwill'" of state government.

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GASTANAGA: SENTENCING REFORM MAKES PRACTICAL SENSE

By CLAIRE GUTHRIE GASTANAGA, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Last week, Governor McAuliffe announced the establishment of a commission to study and make recommendations about Virginia’s parole system. This is an important step toward creating an effective, commonsense Virginia justice system.

VaNews July 1, 2015


SOME NEW STATE LAWS HAVE CONNECTIONS TO CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA

By CHRIS SUAREZ, Daily Progress

It’s time for Virginia’s annual rite of summer — several new laws the General Assembly passed earlier this year go into effect Wednesday morning. Whether they are a product of a tragedy, a high-profile incident, a controversial court case or the result of dogged advocacy from legislators or citizens, each of them potentially have an effect on anyone inside the confines of the commonwealth.

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PITTSYLVANIA BATTLE OVER PRAYER ENDS

By JOHN R. CRANE, Danville Register & Bee

The fight over sectarian public prayer in Pittsylvania County is over. The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors has decided they will not appeal a federal judge’s May 29 decision barring supervisors from leading prayers at the start of board meetings.

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NEW LAWS IN VA., MD. AND D.C. REGULATE DRONES, UBER, SOCIAL MEDIA

By JENNA PORTNOY AND JOSH HICKS, Washington Post

Some of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the year in Virginia will go into effect Wednesday, including laws intended to protect the victims and prosecute the perpetrators of campus sexual assault, regulate Uber and limit the use of drones. Maryland will see the institution of similar laws as well as one requiring police to inform the governor’s office and lawmakers when a law enforcement officer kills someone and when an officer is killed in the line of duty.

VaNews July 1, 2015