So, ask yourself, “Did the GA expand freedom or restrict it?” Well, you decide by looking at the below list:
Virginians still may not purchase more than one handgun a month. A Senate subcommittee defeated a number of gun-rights bills, most notably a measure to repeal the one-gun-a-month restriction. But Gov. Bob McDonnell plans to sign measures that would allow permit holders to bring concealed handguns into bars — as long as the holder does not drink — and let nonpermit holders lock their guns in their cars.
Lawmakers backed McDonnell’s reforms for charter schools, virtual classes and college partnership lab schools. Under the charter-school compromise, the state Board of Education would recommend approval or disapproval of an application, but the local school board still would have the final decision.
Lawmakers voted to let anyone who lives in a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association display the American flag. But the association can place restrictions on the flag’s size and placement.
Under two bills that McDonnell signed, Virginia would allow drilling for oil and natural gas off its coast and apply 80 percent of the future proceeds to transportation. Drilling would require a federally approved lease sale.
Lawmakers approved an expansion of the death penalty to include the murder of fire marshals and auxiliary police officers. Lawmakers voted not to repeal the so-called “triggerman” law, under which, in most cases, only the actual killer may be eligible for the death penalty.
Richmond will be able to offer a tax-amnesty program this year under a bill approved by the legislature. City officials estimate they could collect an additional $4 million to $8 million in unpaid taxes.
You still may be ticketed only for failure to wear a seat belt if pulled over for another offense. Lawmakers defeated three bills that would have made failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense. But lawmakers backed another bill that would increase the age for mandatory seat-belt use in back seats from 16 to 18.
Legislators defeated bills that would have mandated ignition-interlock devices for all people convicted of driving under the influence. Such devices require a breath sample before the vehicle can be started.
The management structure of Virginia’s computer bureaucracy will change. McDonnell will sign legislation under which the governor — not an oversight board — will have the authority to hire and fire the boss of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.
Next year’s redrawing of legislative and congressional districts after the census will remain a partisan affair. A House subcommittee defeated a bill to create a bipartisan panel to advise lawmakers on redistricting.
The Best form of Government is the one not in session!