June 30, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A host of new Virginia state laws goes into effect Tuesday, including new rules affecting hunting on Sundays and treatment for the mentally ill.
Legislation passed earlier this year by the General Assembly and signed by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe becomes law on July 1.
Under the new laws, hunters can now hunt on Sunday, which Virginia law had previously deemed a day of rest for wild birds and animals.
Also, a series of measures aimed at improving the state's emergency treatment of the mentally ill goes into effect. The laws were passed in the wake the suicide of Senator R. Creigh Deeds' son.
Another new law reduces the number of standardized tests middle and elementary school students have to take.
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