March 8, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Mental health, ethics reform, electric rates and Sunday hunting are some of the top bills emerging from the General Assembly.
Lawmakers adjourned Saturday in Richmond without passing a biennial budget. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called a special session to pass a budget on March 24.
The mental health legislation came out of an assault on a state senator by his son, who later committed suicide. The legislation is aimed at finding a psychiatric bed for those under an emergency order.
Also passed in the 2014 session is a bill to reduce the number of tests students in elementary and middle schools will have to take.
The ethics legislation would cap tangible gifts from lobbyists and require more detail personal financial reporting from lawmakers and their families.