Local reaction to Virginia laws taking effect July 1

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Starting July 1, several new laws will go into effect in Virginia.

Minimum Marriage Age

Virginia is the first state in the South to ban child marriage. You must be at least 100% qualified. Marriage at the age of 18Whether or not you are independent from your parents or guardians.

Lucia's Law

A new regulation is named “The Law of Lucia.” It is named after 13-year-old Lucia Bremer of Henrico County, who was shot and killed by a 14-year-old boy who had documented mental health issues.

According to the law, if a parent or guardian believes a child is leaving a gun with their child, the child could pose a danger to themselves or others.

“I think we need a law like this because parents nowadays are so irresponsible and leave firearms unattended,” said Christopher Moore, an anti-gun violence advocate. “You know, just, you know, leaving them unattended. So I think things like this need to, you know, be a problem in our community, we need to attack them from every angle.”

Moore has been running the organization for the past seven years. Bagz4Dakids The group plans community events to promote positivity and reduce violence.

Moore reacted to the sentencing under Lucia’s Law, which is a Class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

“You have to be responsible. You have to look out for yourself for your kids,” Moore said.

Naloxone in State Agencies

According to another law, state agencies naloxone or other opioid antagonists Drugs.

“I think it's a great idea, especially considering we have so many people, we have such a huge problem with opiate overdoses in this area, as well as throughout the state,” said Kelly Craven. “I think anytime we get out there to help people. You never know who you might meet or find yourself in a situation where you're going to need it.”

Craven is the executive director of Avenues Recovery in Norfolk. The addiction treatment center in Norfolk opened its doors in June. It currently serves 10 patients, but has the capacity to serve 80 patients.

Craven said naloxone is readily available on every floor of the facility.

“I think it gives everybody an opportunity to talk about what's going on in our community right now, and people that have these resources are able to help other people,” he said.

Interstate speed limits

Another bill gives local people the right to Speed ​​Limit Speeds less than 15 mph within the state highway system.

access to the bathroom

Businesses that do not have customer restrooms must allow customers with certain medical conditions to use their bathrooms. Use the employee restroom. These clients may be suffering from Crohn's disease or may be pregnant.

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