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Bills targeting heroin deaths passed by House

The House of Delegates unanimously passed the final pieces of Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s package of heroin and prescription drug legislation on Tuesday, meaning that all four bills have made it halfway through the approval process in the General Assembly.

Senate OKs bill outlawing mugshot extortion

The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would make extorting individuals by publishing their arrest records and photos online a Class 1 misdemeanor. Senators voted 40-0 in favor of the measure and sent it to the House for consideration.

Panel OKs law to protect bicyclists from tailgaters

The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Tuesday to make it illegal for the operator of a motor vehicle to follow a bicycle or moped too closely.

General Assembly 2015 is here!

Do you feel it? Our state lawmakers have crept in under the cover of night (or day, I don’t know when they arrived). And they’re ready to get to work!

Day #086: Same-day ID stations on Election Day

Why can’t increasing voter participation be a bipartisan issue?

Day #048: A new brand of “law and order”

What is the purpose of our laws and how should they be enforced?

Virginia restaurants can now advertise happy hours

For nearly 30 years, restaurants could only advertise happy hours within their premises. That changes today.

Take heed! New texting-while-driving and moped laws take effect today

New driving laws go into effect today in Virginia ahead of the 4th of July holiday weekend. Here’s a rundown of what’s changed, and how to avoid getting a ticket.

New rules for mopeds

Moped operators in Virginia would have to wear helmets and eye protection, carry a government-issued photo ID, and title, register and put a license plate on their scooters under a bill waiting to be signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Bicyclists push for share-the-road laws

Virginia legislators have introduced bills that would make biking safer for both cyclists and drivers across the Commonwealth.