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Among the new state public safety laws that have taken effect are those that get tougher on sexual violence and other sex crimes – as well as laws that pertain to DNA collection, alcohol and drug abuse, and licensed day care centers. 

Virginia now imposes new felony charges for commercial sex traffickers. Colleges and universities have new reporting requirements for sexual assaults on campus. And as a result of several recent tragedies, a law sponsored by Senator Mark Obenshain now requires the collection of DNA from those convicted of criminal misdemeanors.

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A number of new driving and traffic safety laws take effect in Virginia on Wednesday that could provide some relief to plenty of motorists.  But if drivers aren't careful, they also could be relieved of some hard-earned cash for new infractions.

If you're an impatient driver on a single-lane road with slower moving obstacles in front of you, there's good news.

“You may cross a double yellow line to pass a pedestrian or a device which is moved by human power. Which is including bicycles, skateboards, and foot scooters.”

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The FBI and Virginia’s law enforcement agencies have a new ally in their efforts to combat sex trafficking. As result, this partnership will lend potentially thousands of eyes and ears in places that police may not frequent, but truckers do, and pimps target.

"Truckers Against Trafficking" provides awareness and tools to those in the industry about signs of sex trafficking. The truckers and law enforcement have been exchanging ideas about the challenges associated with catching sex traffickers and best practices to combat it.

High School graduation rates appear to be on the rise across the country, but for one segment of the population, they’ve dropped dramatically. The pass rate for prison inmates taking the G-E-D plummeted after a new computer based test was introduced in 2014.

G-E-D stands for General Education Diploma. It’s a test people can take if they failed to get their high school degrees. Corrections facilities are facing new challenges in making the tests available to inmates, even as experts stress, there’s nothing better than that degree to keep people from returning to jail.

Reactions vary to a Democratic lawsuit challenging Virginia’s voter photo ID law—based primarily on which side of the political spectrum the stakeholders fall.  

Democrats argue that this is another attempt to disenfranchise minority and other voters, while the GOP and the law’s chief sponsor say it's designed to protect the integrity of the voting system. But political observers are wondering how this lawsuit will progress—and what's the best course of action for the state’s Democratic Attorney General.

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