The Richmond Times-Dispatch has listed the important new laws effective on July 1st. Some highlights:
The “Kings Dominion Law” has been abolished and public schools no longer have to wait until after Labor Day to begin the school year.
A complete ban on all tobacco on all public school campuses.
Public universities in Virginia agreed to freeze tuition for a year.
People between 18 and 20 will no longer be allowed to purchase any tobacco products.
Driver licenses suspended due to unpaid court costs may be reinstated if requested.
Bars will be allowed to advertise Happy Hour specials.
A 5% pay raise for state employees and teachers.
Funding for I-81 from the Times-Dispatch:
Interstate 81 funding: Gov. Ralph Northam and state lawmakers pushed through a transportation package that will generate more than $280 million annually, with half going to a $2.2 billion plan for improving the 325-mile interstate along the spine of western Virginia. The package also includes money for improvements to other interstates, including I-95 and I-64. Money for the projects will come from higher registration fees on trucks, higher diesel fuel taxes and a new 2.1% regional fuels tax in 36 localities through which I-81 travels in Virginia.
Most importantly, fines on business that persist in using plastic straws.