Dozens of Bills Pre-Filed for 2014
Richmond, VA - Legislators in Richmond have filed dozens of bills they hope to get on the books this session.
A number of the bills deal with schools and school safety.
Delegate Robert Marshall has filed a bill that would require every school board to establish at least one person in each district who may carry a concealed handgun on campus. They would be required to get certified training with specific requirements.
House Bill 66 would require a school resource officer in every elementary and secondary school to be paid for from lottery funds.
Another bill asks for a study into whether seatbelts should be required on school buses.
A bill filed before the General Assembly would raise minimum wage from the federally mandated level of $7.25 an hour, to $8.50 an hour, unless the federal government requires a higher level.
Lawmakers have pre-filed dozens of other bills, ranging from four that repeal the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and woman, to several that would repeal the tax on hybrid vehicles that was part of the governor's transportation funding bill.
Several bills are making a comeback; the fox penning bill is back on the table, making it illegal to enclose foxes or coyotes for the purposes of hunts.
There's a bill yet again to close the so-called gun show loophole, requiring private dealers to conduct background checks.
One bill tries again to impose a five cent paper and plastic bag tax with certain exceptions.
Finally, lawmakers are trying again this year to give compensation to victims of Virginia's forced sterilizations up to $50,000 per person.
The General Assembly convenes one week from Wednesday.