“ All laws enacted at a regular session, . . . excluding a general appropriation law, shall take effect on the first day of July following the adjournment of the session of the General Assembly at which it has been enacted.”
Constitution of Virginia, Article IV, Section 13
On Sunday, July 1, 2012 over 850 brand new bills were signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell. Senators and Delegates introduced hundreds of bills that were voted on during the 2012 session. These new laws will govern basically every aspect of our lives from business, employment, constitutional amendments, education, elections, civil law, and criminal justice.
Delegate Joe Morrissey, represents, District 74- General Assembly, discussed with me some of the laws that are in effect like, the Abortion law which requires that all women must undergo an ultrasound before an abortion procedure. However, this law does not apply to women who are victims of rape or incest.
The controversial Voter Identication Requirements; provisional ballots law deletes signing an affirmation of identity document that claims that you are the registered voter without showing identification. Registered voters must vote by provisional ballot until the electoral board reviews at its meeting following the election. The voter must submit one of the approved forms of identification by 12 noon on the third day after the election.
The following are acceptable forms of ID for voting:
Virginia voter registration card
Social Security card
Valid Virginia driver’s license
Any other identification card issued by an agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
Any valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher education
A valid identification card issued by an employer containing a photograph of the voter
A copy of a current utility bill
A copy of a bank statement
A government check
A paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.
The DUI ignition interlock limitations provides that a person who is convicted of DUI may drive only with an ignition interlock after the first offense, as a condition of a restricted license, and is required to have an ignition interlock installed in each vehicle owned by or registered to him/her after a second offense. The person must install this device in order to drive “costing some $10,000 with attorney fees, the ignition interlock system and other related expenses said Delegate Morrissey. And, there is no limit on handgun purchases in Virginia.
Listen to my interview with Delegate Joe Morrissey as we highlight some of the laws.