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2013 Legislation

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Gun Safety
SB965 – Helps law enforcement track lost or stolen firearms. 
Incorporated into SB786 (Senator Marsden); passed the Senate but defeated in House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee.

SB1012 – Prohibits firearms in legislative buildings. 
Failed in Senate Courts of Justice Committee.

SB1109 – Restricts sales of firearms to those judged  mentally incapacitated or committed.
Defeated in Senate Finance Committee.

SB1232 – Requires criminal background checks for all firearms purchases. 
Failed in Senate Courts of Justice Committee.

Elections
SB962 – Allows 17-year-olds to serve as Election Officers. 
Defeated in Senate Privileges & Elections Committee.

SB963 – Permits Election Officers at different precincts to share staff to reduce long lines. 
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2013.

SB964 – Extends polling place hours from 7pm to 8pm. 
Failed in Senate Privileges & Elections Committee.

SB967 – Eliminates requirement that certain supporting information, e.g., a disability or Armed Services ID #, be disclosed on absentee ballot applications.
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2013.

SB968 – Provides that failing to write a middle name or initial on an absentee ballot envelope is not sufficient reason to disqualify that ballot from being counted. 
Defeated in House Privileges & Elections Subcommittee.

Virginia Retirement System
SJ319 – Constitutional amendment requiring adequate contributions to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) be made. 
Defeated 16-24 on Senate floor.

Education
SB1233 – Allows students approved for Deferred Action Status to qualify for in-state tuition. 
Failed in Senate Education & Health Committee.

SB1354  – Gathers information on virtual school applications to better serve students.
Failed in Senate Education & Health Committee.

Social and Criminal Justice
SB701 – Prohibits discrimination in state employment, including on the basis of sexual orientation; introduced with Senator Donald McEachin. 
Passed the Senate but defeated in House General Laws Subcommittee.

SB966 – Provides that an assault or battery of a magistrate is an equal offense to assaulting a judge. 
Incorporated into SB853 (Senator Petersen); signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2013.

SB969 – Repeals the law against cohabitation between unmarried adults. 
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2013.

SB1273 – Vacates records of victims of human trafficking who were forced into prostitution. 
Referred to State Crime Commission.

Environment
SB970 – Enacts a 5¢ fee on throwaway paper and plastic bags (with exceptions); revenue generated from fee to go to the Water Quality Improvement Fund. 
Failed in Senate Finance Committee.

SB1102 – Fixes a loophole in emissions inspection with regards to 2008-09 Prius models. 
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2013.

Worker Safety
SB871 – Requires safety information be given to asbestos workers and allows for the Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors to prevent a contractor whose license has been revoked from resuming business. 
Passed the Senate; defeated in House General Laws Subcommittee.