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Do tougher DUI laws matter? (access required)

Following last Thursday’s House of Delegates passage of a DUI bill that would make Virginia’s drunken driving laws among the strongest in the nation (see sidebar), the question arises of how effective the measure would be if signed into law. ...

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Last-minute push saves IOLTA (access required)

Despite seemingly strong support when first introduced, a bill to roll back the Supreme Court’s mandatory IOLTA rule was stopped in the House banking committee last Thursday. The House Corporations, Insurance and Banking committee voted 10-8, with three abstentions, to ...

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Incumbent judges OK'd (access required)

The General Assembly has re-elected 40 incumbent judges and a State Corporation Commission member. Circuit Court Judge Alan E. Rosenblatt was re-elected to a seat in the 2nd Circuit; E. Everett Bagnell and Westbrook J. Parker in the 5th; Robert ...

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Merillat, disease measures defeated (access required)

The House Commerce and Labor Committee has killed two bills that would have codified repetitive trauma coverage into the Workers’ Compensation Act. By identical 15-7 margins, the committee voted to permanently table House Bill 94 and directly to defeat H.B. ...

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Mentor program underway (access required)

A mentoring program for Richmond youths, which is run through the city’s juvenile courts, is now underway. The program kicked off last week with a training session for the first group of mentors, who were recruited by the Richmond and ...

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Lawyers spar over Merillat bill at hearing (access required)

Legislators need not pass a bill to moot last fall’s Merillat ruling because current law still allows Workers’ Compensation claims for repetitive trauma, according to attorneys for employers who testified at a House of Delegates subcommittee meeting last Monday. Claimants’ ...

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