Virginia laws come into effect on January 1, 2022



RICHMOND, Virginia (WRIC) – Virginia is entering a new year and with that new year comes new laws. Many laws passed by the General Assembly and approved by Governor Ralph Northam in 2021 have already come into force, but some do not begin until New Year’s Day.

Here is a list of some of Virginia’s new laws that will come into effect on January 1, 2022:

Increase in automobile liability insurance coverage amounts: SB 1182

Starting in 2022, automobile liability insurance will provide more coverage in the event of personal injury or death. The increase will apply to policies in force between January 1, 2022 and January 1, 2025. Liability insurance will now cover $ 30,000 when a person is injured or killed instead of $ 25,000. In cases involving two people, coverage is increased from $ 50,000 to $ 60,000.

Requirements for price transparency for prescription drugs: HB 2007

A new Virginia law directs the Virginia Department of Health to contract with a nonprofit data services organization to create a database of prescription drug prices. Healthcare carriers, drug benefit managers and drug manufacturers will be required to report drug price information to the organization.

End of cosmetic tests on animals: HB 2250

The Humane Cosmetics Act ends cosmetic testing on animals in Virginia and also prevents any further sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Anyone breaking the law could pay up to $ 5,000 in initial fine and $ 1,000 for each day they continue to break the law.

Modification of the date of the primary elections in June: SB 1148

Virginia’s primary election, which was typically held on the second Tuesday in June, has been moved to the third Tuesday in June. Potential candidates will also have until the third Tuesday in June to file nomination and candidacy documents for officers determined by the November general election.

District or neighborhood residency requirements for local elections: HB 2198

School board members and local government officials elected to represent a specific ward or district will now only be elected by qualified voters from that district or ward. This new law stipulates that these elections should not be made by the whole locality but only by the specific area that the candidate would represent. Virginia law previously allowed general voting for this type of candidate.

Increase in minimum wage to $ 11: SB 7

Employers in Virginia will now be required to pay their workers a minimum of $ 11 per hour. The minimum wage in Virginia was reduced from the federal minimum to $ 9.50 an hour on May 1, 2021. The $ 11 rate is expected to last until January 1, 2023, when the rate will rise again to $ 12 per hour. time. The minimum wage in Virginia will increase to $ 15 in 2026.

ABC ending the sale of most low-alcohol drinks: SB 1428

People used to buying all of their alcoholic beverages from the ABC store may need to make a few changes. By 2022, there will no longer be low-alcohol spirit drinks available in liquor stores, except those made in Virginia. Low alcohol applies to anything equal to or less than 7.5% alcohol by volume.

Municipal elections moving from May to November: SB 1157

The law moving all municipal elections for council members and school board members from May to November officially came into force on July 1, 2021, but it only applies to elections held after January 1, 2022. This means the localities which have previously elected their local elected representatives. in May will now cast those votes in November instead.


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