Leg­isla­tive score­card

The Vir­ginia Gen­eral As­sem­bly ended its ses­sion on Satur­day. Here’s a look at how some of this year’s leg­is­la­tion fared.

The Washington Post Sunday - - FROM PAGE ONE - — Laura Vozzella and Fredrick Kunkle

Ap­proved

Trans­porta­tion: Calls for re­vamp­ing the way Vir­ginia pays for road con­struc­tion and re­pairs, rail and mass tran­sit.

Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion: Un­der the amended bud­get lan­guage, the leg­is­la­ture ap­points a com­mis­sion with 10 leg­is­la­tors to over­see im­ple­men­ta­tion of any Med­i­caid re­form and ex­pan­sion un­der the fed­eral Af­ford­able Care Act.

Gun con­trol: Makes it a more se­ri­ous of­fense to buy a firearm on be­half of some­one who is legally barred from hav­ing one be­cause of a felony con­vic­tion or men­tal ill­ness.

Co­hab­i­ta­tion: Re­peals a 19th­cen­tury law that makes it a misdemeanor for un­mar­ried cou­ples to live to­gether.

UVA reap­point­ment: Con­firms Gov. Robert F. McDon­nell’s reap­point­ment of He­len E. Dra­gas, the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia rec­tor who led an un­suc­cess­ful bid to oust Pres­i­dent Teresa Sul­li­van, to the school’s gov­ern­ing board.

Ju­di­cial con­fir­ma­tion: Con­firms the reap­point­ment of an openly gay judge, Tracy Thorne-Beg­land, to a sixyear term on Rich­mond’s Gen­eral District Court. City Cir­cuit Court judges had ap­pointed him to the bench tem­po­rar­ily af­ter the House had re­jected him in 2012.

Voter ID: Two mea­sures passed to im­pose stricter voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards. One bill re­moves cer­tain forms added last year, in­clud­ing util­ity bills and pay­checks. The other bill re­quires photo ID.

Face­book: Makes it eas­ier for par­ents to ob­tain ac­cess to a mi­nor’s Face­book and other so­cial me­dia ac­counts af­ter the mi­nor’s death. De­feated

Ura­nium min­ing: Called for lift­ing the state’s 30-year mora­to­rium on min­ing the ra­dioac­tive el­e­ment in South­side, a ru­ral part of the state near the North Carolina bor­der.

Gun-show loop­hole: Would have re­quired all gun show ven­dors, in­clud­ing pri­vate sellers, to con­duct crim­i­nal back­ground checks on buy­ers. Cur­rently, only fed­er­ally li­censed deal­ers must per­form the checks.

Armed teach­ers: Would have re­quired schools to des­ig­nate at least one teacher or other staffer to carry a con­cealed weapon on cam­pus to pro­tect against in­trud­ers.

Ul­tra­sound re­peal: Sev­eral bills would have re­pealed or soft­ened a 2012 law re­quir­ing women to get an ul­tra­sound be­fore an abor­tion.

Con­tra­cep­tion cov­er­age: Meant to thwart a pro­vi­sion of the Af­ford­able Care Act, sev­eral bills would have pro­vided that group in­surance plans need not cover con­tra­cep­tion, ster­il­iza­tion or abor­tion-in­duc­ing drugs.

Elec­toral col­lege changes: Would have made Vir­ginia one of the few states to switch to a sys­tem that picks win­ners by con­gres­sional district, not by pop­u­lar vote.

Gu­ber­na­to­rial terms: Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment would have al­lowed gov­er­nors to serve con­sec­u­tive terms.

Tan­ning: Pro­hib­ited youths younger than 15 from us­ing tan­ning booths. Teens ages 15 to 17 would need writ­ten parental con­sent. Un­der cur­rent law, teenagers younger than 15 are al­lowed to tan with parental con­sent.

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