151 proof alcohol, slow drivers, pink camo: Dozens of new laws to take effect on Saturday

(MGN Online)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed several pieces of legislation into law that will now go into effect on July 1. Gov. McAuliffe also broke the record for most vetoes by a Virginia governor. In all, Gov. McAuliffe signed 836 bills into law.


HB 1743: Creates a new historic cinema house license which authorizes the licensee to sell wine and beer for on premise consumption, either with or without meals, during any showing of a movie.

HB 1842: This law raises the maximum proof of neutral grain spirits that may be sold through Virginia ABC retail stores without a permit. The previous limit was 101 proof. The new limit is 151 proof.

HB 2433: This law clarifies that cider shall be treated as wine for all purposes of alcoholic beverage control law including the sale of cider in Virginia ABC retail stores.

SB 1578: This law requires individuals operating short-term rentals (Airbnb) who wish to offer alcoholic beverages to their guests to obtain a bed and breakfast license.

SB 1216: This law clarifies that all mixed beverage licensees are required to have food, cooked or prepared on the licensed premises, available in all areas of the licensed premises in which spirits are sold or served until at least 30 minutes prior to closing.


HB 1401: Prohibits public institutions of higher education from abridging the constitutional freedom of any individual, including enrolled students, faculty and other employees, and invited guests, to speak on campus, except as otherwise permitted by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

HB 1414: Requires the Department of Education to collaborate with educational advisory committees to review SOL questions and determine if students should get partial credit for correct answers on one or more parts of certain questions.

HB 1746 & SB 944: Authorizes and provides liability protection for employees of a public or private institution of higher education who are authorized by a prescriber and trained in the administration of epinephrine, insulin, or glucagon to possess and administer such epinephrine, insulin, or glucagon.

HB 1709: Requires the policies and procedures prohibiting bullying to be contained in each school board's code of student conduct.

SB 1117: Requires those getting a school counselor's license to complete training in the recognition of mental health disorders and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse.


SB 866: The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is required to create a database listing the name and date of birth and course passage date of every person who has passed an approved boating safety course prior to July 1, 2018. The bill prohibits a law-enforcement officer from issuing a citation for failure to pass the required boating safety course until he has checked the database for the identity of the motorboat operator and provides that the listing of the operator in the database constitutes satisfactory evidence of having passed the required course.

SB 906: Prohibits the introduction of snakehead fish from any location into state waters.

SB 968: Removes the requirement that a license to hunt bear, deer, or turkey be carried in paper form, allowing it to be carried by electronic or computerized means.

HB 1938: Authorizes the use of a slingbow to hunt deer and small game when a hunter is licensed to hunt with a bow and arrow.

HB 1939: Allows hunters to wear blaze pink instead of blaze orange hunting apparel when required during firearms deer hunting season or the special season for hunting deer with a muzzle-loading rifle.

HB 2255: Creates a junior bear hunting license, separate from the combined big game hunting and junior hunting licenses, for any resident under the age of 16.


HB 2267: Allows doctors to prescribe women 12 months’ worth of contraceptives.

HB 2119: All laser hair removal will have to be done at a place supervised by a trained person, doctor, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner.


HB 2317: Allow local health departments to provide clean needles to drug addicts.

HB 1453 & SB 848: Allows a person who is authorized by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to train individuals on the administration of naloxone for use in opioid overdose reversal and who is acting on behalf of an organization that provides services to individuals at risk of experiencing opioid overdose or training in the administration of naloxone for overdose reversal.

HB 1642 & SB 1031: Adds employees of the Department of Forensic Science, employees of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and employees of the Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services to the list of individuals who may possess and administer naloxone.

HB 2165: Mandates all opioid prescriptions be electronically submitted to pharmacies.

HB 1885: Prohibits doctors from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of controlled substances containing opioids. Exceptions would be made for cancer and chronic pain patients.

HB 1750: Lets pharmacists dispense naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, to patients who don't have a prescription.

SB 1027: Allows “pharmaceutical processors” – after obtaining a permit from the state Board of Pharmacy and under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist – to grow low-THC cannabis, manufacture the oil and then provide it to epilepsy patients who have a written certification from a doctor.

HB 2051 & SB 1091: Will eliminate the state’s punishment of automatically suspending the driver’s license of adults convicted of simple marijuana possession.

HB 1656: Prohibits health insurance policies and plans from holding proton radiation therapy to a higher standard of clinical evidence for benefit coverage decisions than is applied for other types of radiation therapy treatment.

HB 1913: Creates a new requirement that purchasers of cigarettes specifically for resale must apply for a special exemption certificate from the Dept. of Taxation in order not to be liable for the payment of sales tax.


HB 1392: Gives schools the option of hiring armed security guards as school board employees, but only if the guard is a retired law enforcement officer who has been retired for 10 years or less.

HB 2308 & SB 1465: Adds conservation officers retired from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the list of retired persons eligible to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

HB 2325: Requires applicants for a concealed handgun permit to present one valid form of government-issued photo identification.

SB 889: Exempts retired probation and parole officers who have completed 15 years of service from concealed handgun permit application fees.

HB 2424: Exempts from the prohibition on carrying a concealed handgun a retired or resigned attorney for the Commonwealth or assistant attorney for the Commonwealth who (i) was not terminated for cause and served at least 10 years prior to his retirement or resignation; (ii) during the most recent 12-month period, has met, at his own expense, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law-enforcement officers in the Commonwealth; (iii) carries with him written proof of consultation with and favorable review of the need to carry a concealed handgun issued by the attorney for the Commonwealth from whose office he retired or resigned; and (iv) meets the requirements of a "qualified retired law enforcement officer."

HB 2429: Provides that any person who is not a resident of the Commonwealth and who is prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transporting any firearm in the Commonwealth due to an acquittal by reason of insanity, being adjudicated mentally incompetent or incapacitated, or being involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment may petition for the restoration of such rights in the general district court of the city or county in which the most recent of such proceedings occurred.

SB 1533: Permits nonviolent felons to possess, transport, and carry muzzle-loading firearms and black powder in a quantity not exceeding five pounds if it is intended to be used solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes in muzzle-loading firearms.


HB 1763: Creates a new type of specialty license plate aimed at reducing distracted driving.

HB 2201: Makes the fine for blocking the 'fast lane' a mandatory $100, instead of up to $250.


HB 1568 & SB 897: Virginia day care workers will have to undergo fingerprinting for a criminal background check by September. Previously, workers at churches and small, home-based centers not licensed by the state weren't included in the requirement.

HB 2290: Requires schools to teach teen drivers how to act and what to do when they are pulled over by police.

HB 1485: Includes in the list of certain sex offenses that prohibit a person convicted of such offenses from being or residing in proximity to schools and certain other property where children congregate or from working on school property.


HB 2381: Changes the description of a “dangerous dog” in a way that could put fewer animals on a state registry.

SB 852: Brokers and breeders who sell dogs to pet shops must have a valid license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and pet stores may not procure a dog “from a person who has received citations for one critical violation or three or more noncritical violations from the USDA in the two years prior to receiving the dog."

HB 1477: Allows local governments to provide lifetime licenses for cats and dogs for a maximum fee of $50. (The cost of an annual pet license will remain at up to $10.)


SB 1063: Empowers the state Board of Corrections to investigate inmate deaths in local and regional jails.

SB 1501: Provides that for any physical evidence recovery kit that was received by a law-enforcement agency prior to July 1, 2016, and submitted for analysis, the victim, a parent or guardian of a minor victim, or the next of kin of a deceased victim shall be notified of the completion of the analysis and shall, upon request, receive information regarding the results of any analysis from the law-enforcement agency.

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