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Evidence bill clears another hurdle

After passing the full Senate Feb. 6, legislation to adopt Rules of Evidence for Virginia today moved from a subcommittee to the full House Courts of Justice committee.

Some subcommittee members had doubts on Monday, and the subcommittee retooled the measure to firm up legislative control of the process for changing the rules over time before reporting it to the full committee.

“I’m trying to buy a car here, but you’ve got to come down on the price,” Del. Dave Albo, R-Fairfax, told the bill’s supporters on Feb. 6.

With 48 hours to kick the tires, the evidence subcommittee moved the bill forward.

At the Feb. 8 subcommittee meeting, patron Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute that incorporated the subcommittee’s earlier changes to House Bill 101. The substitute bill leaves in place in the Virginia Code the statutes previously enumerated as being repealed, and provides for a six-month delay before changes to evidence rules take effect.
–Deborah Elkins

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