The Virginia General Assembly ended its session on Saturday. Here’s a look at how some of this year’s legislation fared.
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Ultrasound repeal: Several bills would have repealed or softened a 2012 law requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion.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.