RICHMOND, Va. — After another round of sessions by Virginia lawmakers, many new laws and changes to existing laws will go into effect on Friday. Here is an overview of some of them:
Alcohol and Marijuana
HB 426: Creates a third-party delivery license that authorizes the licensee to deliver alcoholic beverages purchased by consumers from other retail licensees.
HB 455: Authorizes the board of directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (the board) to issue a mixed drink casino license. The bill provides for the sale and service of alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises in areas designated by the Commission during all hours of operation of the mixed drink casino licensee and authorizes the licensee to give gifts of alcoholic beverages to customers and to establish loyalty or reward. credit programs under certain conditions.
HB 20: Allocates from the general fund an amount equal to 20% of the 20% tax levied on the sale of distilled spirits in Virginia to the Virginia Spirits Promotion Fund.
SB 325: This law increases the amount of alcoholic beverages a person can carry into the Commonwealth from one gallon to three gallons.
SB 527: This bill removes the sunset clause from permitting the sale of alcohol or neutral grain alcohol up to an evidence limit of 151 at ABC stores.
THC Copycat Edibles Ban: A provision in the new state budget prohibits the sale of THC products in packaging designed to resemble protected brands, as well as products apparently suitable for children in the shape of people, animals, vehicles or fruit.
HB 4: Requires principals to report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute an offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident was reported to law enforcement. Previously, principals were only required to make such reports for acts that may constitute a crime.
HB 525 (Adam’s Law): establishes mandates in private nonprofit higher education institutions and public higher education institutions regarding hazing and defines different types of organizations in these institutions to which the mandates apply apply. The bill requires each of these institutions to provide each current member, new member, and potential new member of each student organization with new members with hazing prevention training that includes in-depth, current, in-person hazing training. , the dangers of hazing, including intoxication and hazing laws and facility policies and information explaining that the facility’s disciplinary process should not be considered a substitute for the criminal court process and provides that if a student organization with new members has an advisor, that advisor will receive this hazing prevention training.
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HB 829: Allows school boards to meet staff ratio requirements for school counselors in specific circumstances listed in the bill.
HB 1129: Requires each local school board to require its schools to cooperate with the local law enforcement chief when performing required school safety audits.
HB 40: Authorizes the transfer of a special disabled veteran license plate issued to a disabled veteran, upon his death, to his unmarried surviving spouse.
HB 120: Allows resident veterans who have a service-related disability of at least 30% to receive from the Department of Wildlife a lifetime license to hunt and fish in fresh water at no charge or at a reduced cost depending on the rate of veteran’s disability.
HB 358: Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Defense Affairs and the Secretary of Commerce and Commerce, in conjunction with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, to review licensing fee waivers needed to establish a small business for veterans. small enterprises.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
HB 140: Changes the date of establishment that qualifies historic African American cemeteries for funds earmarked for the maintenance of such cemeteries from before January 1, 1900 to before January 1, 1948, and provides that the total number of graves in an eligible cemetery will be the number of markers of African Americans who were buried in that cemetery before January 1, 1948.
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HB 727: Expands the definition of a qualified organization that may receive funds for the maintenance of a historic African American cemetery to include any locality whose purpose of applying for funding from the Department of Historic Resources is to maintain a neglected historic African American cemetery, or portion thereof, that is located within its jurisdictional boundaries.
HB 141: Establishes the Virginia Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Historic Preservation Fund for the purpose of providing grants to eligible state-recognized and federally-recognized Indian tribes, private non-profit organizations, and localities for eligible land acquisition or permanent protection costs. interest.
SB 151: Extends the expiration of the Commission to Study Slavery and De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discrimination against African Americans from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2024. The bill also provides that non-citizens Legislative Members of the Commission may continue to serve for the duration of the extension.
HB 170: directs the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to convene a task force to study work release programs for inmates.
HB 397: Changes the compensation formula for wrongfully incarcerated to equal $55,000 per year of incarceration, adjusted for inflation, changes the amount of compensation that can be paid under lump sum so that it is equal to 25% of the total indemnity, the remainder to be paid in the form of an annuity for a period of 10 years.
HB 738: Provides that whenever a court orders an assessment of a defendant’s fitness to stand trial, the court clerk must provide a copy of the order to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
HB 258: Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services, under the direction of the Criminal Justice Services Commission, to develop an online course to train hotel owners and their employees, as defined in the bill, recognize and report suspected cases of human trafficking. The bill provides that this online course will be provided free of charge to hotel owners and their employees.
Animals and hunting
SB 87: Prohibits sale of dogs or cats for experimental purposes
SB 88: Requires any person or entity that breeds dogs or cats for sale or transfer to an animal testing facility to maintain records of each animal for five years from the date of acquisition, transfer or disposal and submit quarterly case summaries to the State Veterinarian.
SB 90: Requires a breeder of dogs and cats for sale or transfer to an animal testing facility that no longer needs a dog or cat in their possession to offer the animal to the adoption before euthanizing him.
SB 8: Allows hunting on Sundays on public or private land, provided it takes place more than 200 meters from a place of worship.
HB 1273: Requires any dog engaged in a legal hunt to wear a sturdy collar with an attached tag that identifies the name of the dog’s owner or custodian and a current phone number.
HB 270: Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to calculate and report (i) average levels of unemployment insurance benefits, (ii) average income replacement of unemployment insurance benefits, and (iii) recipient rate of unemployment benefits. Commonwealth unemployment insurance benefits as part of the Commission’s Annual Review
HB 1060: Expands the definition of “severely missing adult” to include any missing adult, including an adult with a developmental disability, developmental disability or mental illness, 18 years of age or older for the purposes of receiving reports of missing adult by a police or sheriff’s department and the Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert Program administered by the Department of State Police and removes from the program the eligibility requirement that the adult is suspected of having been abducted.
HB 1191 (Marcus Alert System): Extends the date by which localities must establish voluntary databases to be made available to the 9-1-1 Alert System and the Marcus Alert System to provide information relevant mental health and emergency contact information for an appropriate response to an emergency or crisis from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2023.
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SB 96: Prohibits gaming businesses, as defined in the bill, from using the phrase “Virginia is for bettors” in advertising in association with their products or services. A violation is subject to a civil penalty of up to $50,000.
HB 740: This new law makes it a Class 6 felony for a person to willfully break, injure, alter or remove any part or parts of a vehicle, aircraft, boat or vessel to remove a catalytic converter or its parts.
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SB 3: The bill requires Registrars General to report to the Department of Elections the number and results of mail-in ballots cast by voters assigned to each precinct in the Registrar’s locality. The ministry is charged by the bill with establishing standards for verifying and reporting this information.
HB 481: Requires each hospital to make standard charge information for hospital-provided items and services available on the hospital’s website by July 1, 2023.
HB 234: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to study the current oversight and regulation of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other congregate living settings to improve efficiency and effective regulation and oversight, to provide greater transparency to members of the public navigating the process of receiving services from these establishments, and to better protect the health and safety of the public and report their findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Chairs of the Senate Committees on Education and Health and Finance and Appropriations and the House Committees on Appropriations and Health, Welfare and Institutions by October 1, 2022.