Hundreds of new laws are set to go into effect
The state will enter into reciprocal handgun carry permit agreements with other states that issue verifiable permits and recognize Virginia concealed handgun permits.
State Police will be at gun shows to help run voluntary background checks on firearm purchases.
Domestic abusers subject to family abuse final protective orders will be required to surrender their firearms to a third party within 24 hours of receiving them or face felony charges.
Smoking in motor vehicles with the presence of a minor under the age of eight.
It will be a civil penalty. The law says that any person who smokes in a motor vehicle when a minor is under the age of eight will be subject to a civil penalty of $100. The offense may be charged on a uniform traffic summons form. The violation is a secondary offense.
Opening and closing motor vehicle doors.
The law says drivers will have to wait for a reasonable opportunity to open vehicle doors on the side adjacent to moving traffic. A violation would be punishable by a fine of not more than $50.
Forcible entry of motor vehicle to remove unattended companion animal.
This law says that first responders who forcibly enter a motor vehicle to remove an unattended companion animal that is at risk of serious bodily injury or death are immune from liability for property damage to the vehicle or injury to the animal resulting from the forcible entry and removal of the animal.
SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES:
Governor McAuliffe signed three measures. All of them require high school family life curricula to educate students on dating violence and other forms of sexual assault. Law enforcement must be trained on handling investigations involved sexual trauma.
Private institutions of higher education that have security departments instead of campus police forces are required to contact police or the local Commonwealth's attorney within 48 hours of any investigation involved felony criminal sexual assault on campus or other property related to the school.
Assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, licensed and registered child welfare agencies, and family day homes may not continue to employ workers who have been convicted of violent felonies.
Child care facilities may not operate without getting a license when it is known that such license is required or after such license has been revoked or has expired. Under the new law, any parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of a child who by willful act or omission causes or permits serious injury to the life or health of such child is guilty of abuse and neglect, which is a class 4 felony.
The Department of Corrections will be allowed to use the electric chair as a default method of execution for inmates sentenced to death if the drugs used for lethal injection are not available.
The State Board of Education will be required to stress critical thinking over standardized testing. It is also required to incorporate computer science, computational thinking and coding into the Standards of Learning curriculum to better help students prepare for technology jobs.
Local school boards also are to develop and implement computer science curriculum for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.