Criminal Legislation

Virginia Public Access Project
11:07 am
Mon April 15, 2013

VaNews for 04.15.13

If you think there are too many lawyers in politics it may be time to think again, at least where the Virginia General Assembly is concerned.

That story and one that exposes a loophole in the state’s new texting-while-driving law were at the top of the hit list on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link this past week. Fred Echols reports .

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Delaying Background Checks
4:38 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Second Chance Advocates want to Ban the Box

Forty-three localities nationwide, including Newport News, have "banned the box."

That means they have eliminated job applications that ask if a person has been convicted of a felony. 

Some who sit on Richmond City Council want to join those localities. They’re hoping that the measure could eventually be introduced as statewide legislation across the street at the State Capitol.

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Now Labeled Cannabinoids
4:27 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Expanding the Synthetic Drug List

Virginia lawmakers concede that it may be impossible to create and amend laws that crack down on the ever-changing illegal drug trade, but they're determined to be as proactive as possible to deter it and prosecute those behind it.  

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Law & Crime
4:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Writ of Actual Innocence...Explained.

One of the bills that Governor McDonnell has signed into law revises the rules that allow an offender who was wrongly convicted to prove that he’s innocent of the crime. 

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Law & Crime
1:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Cigarette Smuggling

Over the last few weeks, Governor McDonnell has been scrutinizing 812 bills sent to him by the General Assembly.  Among them is a package of legislation to penalize “possession with the intent to distribute” a legal product.  Its goal is to stop the traffickers of contraband cigarettes, who’ve made millions of dollars while the Commonwealth loses revenue.

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