Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch
Week 1 of the 46-day General Assembly 2013 session has begun, with legislators filing 2,208 bills. While most will die quietly in subcommittee, some will slip through and become law.
Automatic restoration of voting rights for non-violent felons, despite support by Governor Bob McDonnell– Del. Herring (D-Alexandria).
Alive (at press time)
Armed security guards in schools and day care centers– Del. Cole (R-Fredericksburg).
Limitations on use of drones– Del. Gilbert (R-Woodstock).
Privately owned drones willfully impeding hunting will be a Class 3 misdemeanor– Sen. Ruff (R-Clarksville).
Abdominal ultrasound not required before an abortion– Del. Kory (D-Falls Church).
Health insurers must offer policies without contraception coverage– Del. Marshall (R-Manassas).
Richmond General District Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland, whose appointment to the bench last year was torpedoed because he's gay and outspoken about gay rights, needs his temporary court appointment certified.Read more on: general assembly