The 2016 General Assembly adjourned in early March. Throughout the 60-day session, we considered thousands of bills. Most of the bills that ultimately passed and were signed by the Governor go into effect today.
Every year, the General Assembly publishes a comprehensive list of bills that are likely to affect your everyday life. Below, I have highlighted a few major accomplishments. You can read the entire list here http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/idc/idc16.pdf
My Legislation Becoming Law this Friday:
There will be two constitutional amendments on the ballot this November. The first will enshrine our right to work status in Virginia constitution, which will make Virginia a stronger state for business by guaranteeing that no employee can be fired just because he or she refuses to join a union. The second constitutional amendment will give localities the option to provide a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a law enforcement, firefighter, or emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty. I encourage you to vote “Yes” on both of these amendments in November.
Safe Families & Safe Communities
We passed a number of laws aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence by increasing penalties for repeat offenders. It will now be a Class 6 felony to stalk someone under a protective order or commit an assault and battery against someone under a protective order. We also passed legislation making it a felony to violate a protective order with a firearm. These laws will help make our families and communities safer.
Virginia has expanded its concealed carry reciprocity. Virginia will now have reciprocity with every state that has a concealed carry statute. Virginia will recognize the permits from all fifty states, and the State Police is required to enter agreements ensuring Virginia’s permit is recognized in other states. This legislation was part of a compromise with Governor McAuliffe to reverse Attorney General Mark Herring’s unilateral move last year to end concealed carry reciprocity. This major, bipartisan compromise secures the rights of law-abiding citizens.
The General Assembly passed legislation requiring state and local governments to buy U.S. or Virginia flags produced in the United States with only materials from the United States.
Transparency in Healthcare Costs
Hospitals are now required to provide to patients, upon request, the cost of any elective procedure, test or service that they will be required to cover.
Student Privacy on Social Media
We passed legislation that prohibits colleges and universities from requiring a student to disclose the username or password to any of his or her personal social media accounts.
I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office. I value the feedback you provide as it helps me do my job representing you better. You can email me at DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov or call me at 540-751-8364. You can also join the conversation via our social media on Facebook or Twitter.
BIG LOCAL NEWS:
Loudoun County State Park
Major Jobs Announcement in Berryville
Wednesday, June 29, I joined state and local officials in Berryville to announce Handsome Brook Farm will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture-raised-egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville. The business has committed to purchasing over $50 million in Virginia-sourced eggs over the next three years, planning to contract with over 100 Virginia farms and create 105 new jobs. This is the largest jobs announcement for Clarke County on record!
INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS:
Saturday, July 2
Sunday, July 3
Monday, July 4