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The 2020 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 8, and continued until March 12, and then started a special session on August 18. Here you can read the bills that were proposed and learn about the few that ultimately become law.

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Marijuana and certain traffic offenses; issuing citations, etc,
D Green writes: Kyle Martin: that subsection specifically covers clause 3 of subsection A. This refers to the requirement of drivers to illuminate headlights when windshield wipers are operating intermittently. That particular clause of the code has been a secondary offense for a very long time. Prior to SB5029, officers could stop vehicles for having one defective headlight.
Unemployment compensation; benefits, suitable work.
Anna writes: This is so necessary as I have taken many interviews and even accepted some offers in places where masks have been optional. Employment opportunities maybe out there but some businesses are not taking the virus serious putting everyone at risk. Even patrons that have no idea there items are prepared without a mask or gloves.
Earned sentence credits; 4.5 credits may be earned for each 30 days served on certain sentences.
Emmie Bea writes: mr Fred Woehrle.... please get a life!!!! Respectfully all I see is your comments on here taking up all the space speaking on ppl you’ve never met in your life! Some of these ppl have been unfairly prosecuted by certain jurisdictions that have been proven to be unfair and unjust! I’m sure you know that this something that has happened to many of these ppl that are incarcerated. How would you feel it was your love one who has been incarcerated over 20 years for something that he should only recieved 1/4 of that time. Reading your comment they are very biased and unfair.
Marijuana and certain traffic offenses; issuing citations, etc,
Kyle Martin writes: § 46.2-1030 is the section that details the use of headlights, when to use them, etc. In subsection F of § 46.2-1030, it clearly states "No law-enforcement officer shall stop a motor vehicle for a violation of this section". This implies that even at night time, you can drive around without headlights. This reducing of safety requirements while operating a motor vehicle without fear of law enforcement intervention is rather concerning. It should be petitioned that any damages or loss of life resulting from this legislature should be the responsibility of those who drafted, supported, and made it law. If the intent of the bill was to reduce marijuana related stops, why not just legalize marijuana and have it fall under the dui/owi sections which I believe it already is
Marijuana and certain traffic offenses; issuing citations, etc,
MARSHA MAINES writes: CONGRATULATIONS! Common Sense in ACTION. My car was CAR-JACKED BY COP and the derivative DAMAGES CAUSED because of a NON CRIME - simply an issue of a hydroplane on a curve where my vehicle slid off the pavement and rolled (barely) because of the Ditch (less than 30 mph in a 55mph zone) - created SO MUCH TRAUMA - I STILL haven't gotten over the FACT that VA DMV ROAD PIRATES felt it necessary to RE-DISTRIBUTE MY CAR TO SOME UNREGISTERED TOW COMPANY Domestic Terrorist in Rappahanock County - but he FOLLOWED me to the Hospital and ORDERED my parents out of my Hospital room while under the CUSTODY OF A DOCTOR (and Undressed) just to "interrogate" me about this accident. After ADMITTING to "going inside my vehicle because he smelled something - UM - LIKE THE WET GRASS WHERE THE CARS SUNROOF ENDED UP? - He unilaterally decided "I" should be CHARGED for reckless driving - without any CRIME whatsoever - NO CHARGING INSTRUMENT AT ALL - just a UNIFORM SUMMONS - My WAGES were Garnished by my P/T employer based on the FAKE COURT "hearing" in Rappahannock District Court's unilateral BANKING - just to GENERATE SOME REVENUE for STATE EMPLOYEES off of MY Assigned credentials.... I'm so GRATEFUL to see some COMMON SENSE legislation - it's been a Long time coming!
Criminal records; automatic expungement for certain convictions, etc.
Robert D Legge writes: Does this expunge drug possession convictions?