March 4, 2008
(AP) Legislation tightening Virginia's safety net for the mentally ill offered in response to the Virginia Tech massacre has substantially won passage.
The reforms were unanimously enacted Tuesday in the House and the Senate, and now are bound for the desk of Gov. Tim Kaine, who supports the changes.
A profoundly disturbed Virginia Tech student slipped easily through gaps in the state's mental health system and shot 32 people dead before killing himself on April 16th.
The bills passed Tuesday clarify the criteria for identifying, detaining and ordering treatment for mentally ill people who are a threat to themselves and others.
When the legislation won a final, decisive House vote, the entire chamber cheered.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.