While not all bills to crack down on human trafficking in Virginia have survived the halfway point in the General Assembly, lawmakers believe they've made progress in battling what's now considered one of the fastest—if not the fastest—growing financial crime worldwide.
They have agreed that this is not a partisan issue. Lawmakers were able to work across both chambers and party lines to develop new guidelines to assist victims and law enforcement officials.
The Virginia Senate tackled several bills addressing acts of violence. And, after lengthy debate, Senators likely killed a measure that would have allowed Virginia to use electrocution as a form of execution, if necessary.
The Senate also gave preliminary approval to a measure to penalize so-called “celebratory gunfire.”
The Virginia State Senate has approved legislation that expands the rights of a person petitioning for a protective order and puts an alleged abuser on the hook for costs associated with some of the victim’s needs and costs.