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The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 9, 2019, and will continue for 45 days. Here you can track the bills that are proposed, voted on, and the few that will ultimately become law.

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Place of religious worship; carrying dangerous weapon.
Mark writes: Too bad this bill didn't pass. People are sitting ducks in places to worship, without any means to protect themselves. Good law abiding citizens should be allowed to church. I do think that the "without any good or sufficient reason" should be changed to "defense."
Coal combustion residuals impoundment; closure of certain CCR units.
Judy Hinch writes: I would like to know when the Governor passes this bill and also any progress such as when the work is to begin, if there is anyone in the Governor's office who will oversee the enforcement, especially the priority to give local workers the jobs and also local water quality monitoring, etc.
Constitutional amendment; personal property tax exemption for motor vehicle of a disabled veteran.
Waldo Jaquith writes: It won't go to the governor for signature, Nathan — constitutional amendments don't require the governor's signature. But there's every reason why you would believe so: the "Progress" checkboxes up top there say so! I've opened a bug report (I maintain this website, and this mistake is mine), and I'll get it fixed. Thanks for calling it up!
Constitutional amendment; personal property tax exemption for motor vehicle of a disabled veteran.
Nathan writes: When will this go to the governor for signature?
Cruelty to animals; increases penalty.
Debbie Morris writes: This bill has been approved by those who needed to approve it. All it lacks is Governor Northam's signature. With that being said, what the heck is he waiting for? It would seem to me that he would want to save face, with all the negativity that surrounds him. Tommie was tortured, and killed, by someone who is not worthy of the air he/she breathes. And I'm sure there are countless others who have committed inhumane acts involving defenseless animals. We have to speak up for all previous furbabies who don't have a voice! Governor Northam.. sign this bill into law NOW!
Custody and visitation arrangements; best interests of the child, domestic abuse, child abuse.
ConcernedMother writes: The wording in this Bill is exactly what is needed to protect children and the normal caring parent from the constant abuse they have to endure from the other parent who has shown by their own history to be abusive by using Domestic Abuse to further harm their spouse, ex spouse, and child. "Domestic abuse" means a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. "Domestic abuse" includes physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person and any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Many victims leave abusive situations hoping to save themselves and their children from the constant onslaught of such behavior only to find that the abuse continues even after they leave. Abusers are able to further victimize their spouse/exspouse in and out of court because there is no language in the courts or laws to protect them from their abuser from anything other than physical violence. It has been proven that abusers don't stop abusing, and victims are harmed immensely by emotional and psychological threats and actions just as much if not more than physical violence. I hope and pray this Bill will be looked at again and passed. What can be done to try to get it passed?