June 30, 2010
Increased speed limits, budget cuts and the right to carry concealed weapons into a Virginia tavern are new laws going into effect at the stroke of midnight. The changes are part of 561 pieces of legislation the General Assembly approved this year and which go into effect on Thursday.
Virginians with a concealed weapons permit will now be allowed to tuck a handgun away when entering a bar.
Also, on select open stretches of Virginia highways, motorists who feel the need for speed can drive an additional 5 miles per hour. The speed limit on those stretches will be 70.
Thursday is also when a new state budget takes effect. The budget cuts millions of dollars to many state services and to
cities, counties and towns statewide.