RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed several bills into law on Friday, including legislation that would expand the supply for food banks, establish a public defender’s office in Chesterfield and support passenger rail expansion in Southwest Virginia.
Senate Bill 1442 establishes a public defender office in Chesterfield County, which is currently the largest county in Virginia without a dedicated public defender’s office.
House Bill 1903 allows localities to reduce the speed limit in residential or business districts. Local governments will be able to reduce the speed to lower than 25 miles per hour, but not lower than 15 miles per hour.
Senate Bill 1284 establishes the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, replacing the Commonwealth Energy Policy. The law sets out energy policies and objectives, including the electrification of transportation.
Senate Bill 1300 directs the Board of Local and Regional Jails to review and improve pregnancy-related care for incarcerated people. This includes pregnancy termination, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery.
The bills will go into effect on July 1, 2021.
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