#@$&! Virginia House to vote on bills repealing crimes of spitting and swearing in public

The Virginia House of Delegates met Thursday to discuss redistricting, but didn't get far. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)
The Virginia House of Delegates. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)

It was a big day for Virginians prone to bouts of cussing and spitting.

A House of Delegates committee advanced legislation repealing the crimes of swearing and “expectorating” in public to a vote before the full chamber.

Both are currently Class 4 misdemeanors punishable by a fine of not more than $250.

The spitting-ban repeal cleared the House’s Courts of Justice committee unanimously and heads to the full House for consideration. The ban on swearing, which Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, called “blatantly unconstitutional,” passed over opposition from five GOP lawmakers.