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The 2016 Virginia General Assembly session will begin on January 13, 2016, and continue for 60 days. Here you can see the bills that are proposed, voted on, and the few that ultimately become law.


Legislator Withdraws Bill Raising Oyster Leases

1/29/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
Virginia watermen can heave a sigh of relief after a legislator withdrew his bill to increase the cost to lease the bottoms of state-owned waterways per year for growing oysters and clams.

Virginia Officials Reach Compromise on Gun Laws

1/29/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
State officials from both political parties have reached a sweeping compromise on gun laws that would continue Virginia’s agreements with other states regarding concealed carry permits, prevent the subjects of protective orders from possessing guns and encourage, but not require, background checks at gun shows.

Senate Passes Bill Targeting Vultures

1/28/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
The black vulture of Virginia has found itself in the crosshairs of legislation passed by the Senate this week. Senators voted 39-1 for a bill that would exempt the black vulture from its current protection by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

House Passes ‘Tebow Bill’ to Help Home-Schoolers

1/27/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
For the third year in a row, the Virginia House of Delegates has passed a version of the “Tebow bill,” opening the door for home-schooled students to participate in after-school sports and other activities sponsored by their local public schools. The House on Wednesday voted 58-41 in favor of the legislation, nicknamed for star quarterback Tim Tebow, who plaeyed high school football in Florida in the early 2000s while being home-schooled.

Bill Would Remove Sales Tax on Tampons

1/27/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
Virginia’s sales tax covers almost everything you buy, from athletic socks to zippers. But it doesn’t apply to medicine, contact lenses and certain other personal health items. Now, the General Assembly is considering adding feminine hygiene products to the list of exemptions.

Lawmaker Asks Governor to Delay Revoking Gun Permits

1/22/2016 by VCU Capital News Service
A Republican state legislator is urging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the revocation of reciprocal agreements Virginia has with 25 states on whether to honor their concealed handgun carry permits.