Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch

Week 5 of the 2013 General Assembly was crossover week, in which each house sends its legislation to the other house to see if it passed muster. The governor's transportation package dominates– it passed the House of Delegates and couldn't get out of committee in the Senate, although its odds look better after House Speaker Bill Howell derailed the Senate redistricting bill that riled Dems. Now is the time for emissaries of each house to hammer out a compromise before the session ends February 23.

Constitutional amendment to establish Virginia Redistricting Commission– Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)

Illegal to smoke in a car with minor present– Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)

Virginia Vulnerable Adults Protection Act– Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)

Non-voting faculty and student member on state community college and university boards– Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)

Alive (at press time)
Concealed carry permits are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act– Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)

Texting while driving is a primary offense with an increased penality of $250– Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)

Lewd and lascivious cohabitation is not a crime– Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)

Discrimination against state workers based on sexual orientation is illegal– Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond).

Armed security guards in schools and day-care centers– Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg).

Limitations on use of drones– Sen. McEachin (D-Richmond).

Tebow bill: Home-schooled children can play in public school sports– Del. Rob Bell (R-Albemarle)

Study whether Virginia should establish an alternate, metal-based currency– Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)

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