New state laws go into effect today! So make sure you are aware of the biggest ones that can effect your wallet and your social life. Smoking is prohibited in most restaurants and bars in Virginia. The law goes into effect today but won’t be implemented until December 1, to allow businesses to prepare for it. […]
New state laws go into effect today! So make sure you are aware of the biggest ones that can effect your wallet and your social life.
- Smoking is prohibited in most restaurants and bars in Virginia. The law goes into effect today but won’t be implemented until December 1, to allow businesses to prepare for it. So enjoy that cigarette with your beer now because come December it will be a thing of the past.
- $1.4 billion in stimulus money went to balance the budget because of the massive shortage.
- Put those cell phones and PDAs away. Texting and emailing while driving is banned. It can carry up to a $50 dollar fine. The good news is you can only be ticketed for it if you’re being pulled over for something else. “No officer it wasn’t the texting that made me swerve while speeding, you can check my last outgoing message time (which I just deleted as you were walking to my car.)”
- Drunk driving – they might as well strap a monitor around your ankle. Any person charged with TWO (2) DUIs within a 10 year period will be required to use ignition interlock devices, electronic devices installed in motor vehicles connecting a breathalyzer to a vehicle’s ignition system. The devices prevent the starting of a motor vehicle if alcohol is detected on the operator’s breath.
- Voting – You mean I can wear a shirt showing my support for a candidate now? Voters will be allowed to go to the polls wearing clothing such as T-shirts or buttons that back a candidate. Before the presidential election last year, the State Board of Elections — interpreting a state law that forbids electioneering within 40 feet of the polls — said voters should not wear such clothing to the polls. After the General Assembly approved the new legislation, three free-speech organizations dropped a lawsuit against the elections board.
- Novelty cigarette lighters – Wait I thought you had to be 18 to buy a lighter anyways? What difference does it make if it is a “novelty cigarette lighter?” Stores will not be allowed to sell novelty cigarette lighters to juveniles. Such lighters must be kept out of reach to the public, and any clerk who sells one to a minor will face up to a $100 fine.
- School Absences – Stay in school kids or no cruising around in dad’s sports car. A court may suspend a minor’s driver’s license if the student misses 10 consecutive days of school.
- Payday Loans – Lenders will be required to choose between offering payday loans, whose fees are fixed, and open-ended loans, which can carry sky’s-the-limit interest rates. Lenders getting out of the payday business would lose their licenses to offer such loans in Virginia for a decade.