Va. Student Safety Bills Signed Into Law | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Va. Student Safety Bills Signed Into Law

Play associated audio

The bills range from restrictions on obscene texting to mandating a survey that identifies substance abuse risk factors among students.

Governor Bob McDonnell signed the bills surrounded by school children, educators, and parents. Delegate Rob Bell said lawmakers work every year to close loopholes and enhance safety.

"One is, just that technology moves on," he says. "When we were coming up, kids left obscene phone calls with each other, now they use texting, it's just as threatening, it's just as scary, so we need to make the technology change to keep up."

His second bill makes it illegal for sex offenders to operate or ride on school buses. Two others that were signed increase penalties for drivers who pass stopped school buses, and permit localities to install video cameras on the buses.

Delegate Scott Garrett's bill bans synthetic marijuana and bath salts being abused as substances.

"There are documented cases of very serious medical consequences to these chemicals, anywhere from nausea and vomiting to paranoia, agitation and seizure disorders," Garrett says.

The synthetic marijuana law has already taken effect. The others will be effective July 1st.

NPR

Buzz Bissinger: With Caitlyn Jenner, 'You Feel A Connection'

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Buzz Bissinger about his profile of Caitlyn Jenner in Vanity Fair and her gender transition. She is formerly known as Bruce, an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon.
NPR

Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?
NPR

Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.
NPR

Coming Soon: More Ads On Instagram, And a "Buy" Feature On Pinterest

Pinterest will launch an in-app "buy" button, and Instagram will soon target ads using demographic data from Facebook.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.