Many new laws, passed by the 2014 General Assembly, will go into effect on July 1, 2014. Listed below is legislation that will likely have an impact on you and your family’s day-to-day activities.

This information was summarized from the Virginia Division of Legislative Information Systems annual edition of "In Due Course", a publication that highlights passed legislation. You may access the entire document here – dls.virginia.gov/pubs/idc/idc14.pdf.

TRANSPORTATION

HB 975/ SB 127. Annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles. The law removes the $64 annual license tax imposed on hybrid electric motor vehicles. If an individual paid in advance for any registration before or after July 1, 2014 they may apply for a refund from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

HB 2. Allocations within highway construction districts. The law provides for the creation of a priority process for projects funded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Factors that will allow a project to be given priority include, congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety, and environmental impact.

EDUCATION

HB 930/ SB 306. Standards of Learning assessments; reform. The law sets the maximum limit of 17 Standards of Learning Assessments throughout the grades of three to eight. This is a 23 percent decrease from the previous 22 test requirement.

HB 134/ SB 532. Care of students who have been diagnosed with diabetes. The law allows for students who are diagnosed with diabetes to (i) carry and utilize supplies to treat glucose levels (ii) self-check their blood glucose levels on all school related properties or activities.

HB 198/ HB 752 and SB 441. Elementary and secondary school students; expulsion. The law clarifies that expulsion is not mandatory for students who have committed certain offenses including weapons or drugs.

HB 410/ SB 172. Student-athletes; concussion policies. The law requires youth sports program which convene on public school property to establish a procedure that helps identify and handle potential concussions in student-athletes.

HEALTH

HB 1043/ SB 172. Health benefit exchanges; regulation of navigators. Would mandate that "navigators" for the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) be held to the same standard that is required of insurance agents, including background checks. It is important to protect the private information of Virginians who might attempt to purchase health insurance using a navigator.

HB 218/ SB 96. Purchase, etc., of tobacco products (e-cigarettes) by minors. The law adds nicotine
vapor products to the list of tobacco products that cannot be sold to or in the possession of anyone under the age of 18.

HB 387/ SB 183. Critical congenital heart defect screening test of newborns. The law requires every
hospital with a newborn nursery to perform a critical congenital heart defect screening test. This test should be conducted when the child is between 24 and 48 hours old. If there is a parent or guardian who wishes to refrain from the test due to an infringement on religious practices, they will not be required to receive the test.

HB 1176. Health insurance; notice of increase in premium or deductible. The law requires health insurance agencies to provide their customers with written notice of an increase in their premium or deductible. This notice must be provided at least 75 days before a renewal of coverage.

GENERAL

HB 1237/ SB 154. Hunting on Sundays. Allows hunting on Sundays on private land under written consent of landowner. However, hunting activities cannot occur within 200 yards of a house of worship or with the aid or assistance of dogs.

HB 331. First-time home buyer savings accounts.
The law establishes first-time home buyer savings account to be used exclusively for either the down payment or closing costs derived from the purchase of their home.

HB 1072/ SB 40. Scanning information from driver’s license. An individual’s identification card or driver’s license is prohibited from being scanned by a vendor. Exclusions include verifying the age and authenticity of the card.

HB 439. Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Protection Act; applicability to Virginia citizens. The law extends all Virginian citizens the protection of the Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Protection Act and allows them to be eligible for an award. Previously the protection was only provided to state government employees.

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