Virginia Governor Signs School Safety Legislation

June 17, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed legislation designed to improve school safety.

The new laws signed Tuesday make it illegal for sex offenders to be on school buses and allows video cameras to be installed on them, and increases penalties for motorists who drive past stopped school buses.

One law classifies synthetic drugs such as “bath salts” as controlled substances. Another expands existing laws to cover text messaging of obscene or vulgar language.

Legislation also requires the Department of Health to set up a random survey of students in public middle and high schools to assess risk factors and improve substance abuse prevention programs.

The laws will go into effect July 1.

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