Happy New Year Everyone!

The earth traveled around the sun once again and a new year is a chance for us to improve ourselves and make changes. It’s also when new laws take effect, some of which may affect you. 

I want my readers to know of these new laws because while most of these laws won’t affect you directly, it may be useful to someone you know. Also, knowledge is power and the more you know, the better off you’ll be.
So, let’s get to it. I’ve compiled some of the more relevant ones that I think will help you with your daily lives below. You can always find a full list of the newly effective laws along with the legislative history by visiting the Virginia’s Legislative Information System site.

Vehicle Insurance: The minimum coverage went up to $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident from the previous $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. This is relevant because if you’re involved in an accident and it’s your fault, your insurance will now cover you up to $30,000/$60,000 now. It’s not much of an increase, but if you’re sued, you’re a little more protected. I think everyone should have coverage for as much as you can afford, but at a minimum of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident. I’ll write a full blog post on this later on.

Criminal History: It is now prohibited for public universities and colleges (except for Virginia Military Institute and some law schools) from asking about an applicant’s criminal history during the admissions process or denying them entry based on their criminal history. It doesn’t change a school’s ability to revoke an admission offer if it is later determined that an applicant’s criminal history shows a conviction and it “poses a threat to the institution’s community”. For example, if it’s later determined that the individual was convicted of a violent crime, then it could lead to an unsafe environment for other students.

DMV Identification Privilege Cards: Let’s face it, we live in an imperfect world. Undocumented individuals live among us. A vast many of them are good people who find themselves here but don’t have the ability to do some of the basic things that the rest of Virginia’s residents enjoy or take for granted. Many of these people pay taxes, contribute to society, and are law-abiding members of our communities. Driving is practically essential if you’re living in the United States. Isn’t it better to have educated and insured drivers on the road who have taken and passed the written and driving tests? Click here for more info. Maybe you know someone who might benefit from this new law.
Hope everyone has a blessed new year!