Bill Drop Friday: Banning flavored tobacco, emptying out death row and creating an official state folk song

The Virginia Capitol at sunrise. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

With thousands of bills expected to be drafted for the 2020 legislative session, not every idea can get its own headline. But we’ll use this space to highlight some of the more interesting or unexpected proposals that show up in the General Assembly’s online system each week.

Banning flavored tobacco

HB93: Sale or distribution of flavored tobacco products prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits the sale or distribution of flavored tobacco products, defined in the bill, and creates a civil penalty of $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for a second or subsequent offense. | Patron: Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax READ MORE

Emptying out death row

HB85: Death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. | Patron: Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas | READ MORE

Designating an official state folk song

HB98: Official emblems and designations; state song. Designates “Virginia, the Home of My Heart” by Susan Greenbaum as the official state folk song. | Del.-elect Rodney Willett, D-Henrico READ MORE | LISTEN TO THE SONG

Ending Lee-Jackson Day

HB108: Legal holidays; Lee-Jackson Day; Election Day. Designates Election Day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as a state holiday and removes Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday. | Patron: Del. Joe Lindsey, D-Norfolk READ MORE

Letting private investigators have darker car windows

HB90: Window tinting; vehicles used in the course of business by private investigators, bail bondsmen, and bail enforcement agents. Allows licensed private investigators, licensed bail bondsmen, and licensed bail enforcement agents to apply tinting films to darken certain windows of vehicles used in the course of business to a minimum of 20 percent light transmittance. Current law allows light transmittance minimums of 50 or 35 percent, depending on the window. The bill contains technical amendments.| Patron: Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania (By request) READ MORE