It is that time again. No I am not talking about the holiday season. I am talking about the time when our Virginia elected officials begin the process of developing bills for the General Assembly to address in the 2014 Legislative Session. Richmond Sunlight provides a free online service where you can see the bills being filed, track them, and express your opinion on them. Here is a sample of some of the bill proposed thus far:
You can tell election time is approaching when Christiansburg candidates start their attacks on the Aquatic Center. Debate continues over Aquatic Center’s benefits versus costs (The Burgs, Aug. 18, 2013) This happens every two years like clockwork. It’s like it is a massive smoke screen to hide all of the other issues: traffic, speeding, infrastructure, and such. It simply serves to divert attention from issues that are currently important by trying to focus on the Aquatic Center.
Being the curious sort, when I saw the list of new laws going into effect in Virginia, I had to take a closer look. Some of them, like the increased fine for texting while driving and allowing police to stop drivers observed texting, seem like a good idea to me. NOBODY should text and drive, it's just too dangerous to have a distraction in your hands when they are supposed to be on the wheel. And other new laws are for the public school systems, defining how to handle bullying, emergency procedures, etc. But there are some new laws in the middle of the mix that cause me to stop and wonder.