Regular readers of this blog know that July 1st carries great significance. July 1st is the date that many of the new laws passed by the General Assembly during the previous year go into effect. Laws big and small have been changed or made new. Do you know what the new laws are?
This blog has already discussed some of the major changes that have gone into effect. The purpose of this blog post is to highlight some of the changes that did not get much attention but will have an impact on many’s people’s daily lives.
Adjustment to ABC Laws:
Virginia residents can now buy “high-proof grain alcohol” at local ABC stores. The most well-known brand for this type of alcohol is Everclear. Laws of this kind are often difficult to pass in the General Assembly because of the threat of binge drinking on college campuses.
Of course, the safety of any citizen, including college students, is important, but it is good to see that this was not able to hold up the passing of a law that gives others the ability to purchase this popular product. Responsible citizens should not be punished because some citizens prove themselves to be irresponsible.
New Hunting Colors:
Most people are familiar with blaze orange, the color that men wear while hunting. If you want to hunt, you wear blaze orange to make yourself as visible as possible to anyone else who is hunting with or near you.
A second color has been made legal to wear now while hunting – blaze pink. The idea is to encourage more women to hunt. This begs many questions, none of which this blog is designed to answer. But we can ask anyway: Will allowing the wearing of pink make more women want to hunt? Were women discouraged from hunting because of the blaze orange they previously had to wear?
Can we just put the word “blaze” in front of any color to make up a new color? Only time will tell.
Restrictions on Hair Removal:
States and localities regularly create laws that regulate local businesses. As new types of businesses and business trends pop up, governments catch up with laws to keep them in check. Some see this as government doing its job to protect citizens. Others see it as oppressive ways that governments can generate more income through taxes and additional regulation.
One prominent product that has seen this in the last couple of years is e-cigarettes and vaping products. Governments, especially at the state level, scrambled to catch up to the popularity of these new products.
A similar type of law was passed this past year in the area of hair removal. Anyone can try to remove hair from their own bodies in their own homes using any kind of product at their disposal. However, if anyone wants to pay someone else to do it for them, there are restrictions. Starting July 1st, either a medical practitioner or someone trained and supervised by a medical practitioner will have to do it.
It would be illegal for anyone else to do it, especially if you plan to pay them for the task. Apparently, someone paid a janitor at a spa to perform the hair removal. When this became public knowledge, the need for more regulation was (allegedly) needed.
There are, of course, many more laws that went into effect. This was just a summary of three that will impact many people on a regular basis. Additional laws will be reviewed over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned to this blog to learn more about the new ways that the General Assembly has created for people to be able to break the law.
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