Expanded Medicaid, more time for recess among new state laws
Free Press wire reports | 7/8/2018, 11:56 a.m.
Hundreds of new Virginia laws went into effect Sunday, July 1.
The biggest item to come out of the General Assembly this year was a bipartisan agreement to expand Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income adults. That agreement is part of a state budget that began July 1, but state officials said they don’t expect to begin enrolling newly eligible adults into the publicly funded health care program until next year.
Other notable new laws include raising the felony threshold for shoplifting from $200 to $500; allowing school boards to increase time students spend in recess; loosening restrictions on dogs visiting wineries and breweries; and legalizing slot-like machines at horse tracks and other locations.