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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Bills that would curb smoking in Virginia restaurants and allow early voting have survived the General Assembly's "crossover day."
Tuesday was the deadline for each chamber to pass its own bills and advance them to the opposite chamber.
Another measure that's still alive would bar payday lenders from offering different types of loans in an effort to get around restrictions placed on the short-term, high-interest loans.
Several bills died because they didn't make the deadline. They include Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's proposal to double the state's tax on cigarettes to 60 cents per pack and a proposed ban on talking on a cell phone while driving unless using a handsfree device.