Controversial Bills Move Through Legislature on Crossover Day

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Tuesday is "crossover day" in the Virginia General Assembly, when bills move between the House and Senate. It also roughly marks the midway point of the 2014 General Assembly session.

On crossover day, approved bills literally cross from one house over to the other for consideration. Some bills have been at the center of controversy in the commonwealth and across the nation.

The Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the law mandating women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds. Republicans originally passed the bill in 2012.

It also voted to pass a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $8.25 now and to $9.25 by 2015. The state minimum wage currently sits at $7.25. 

As for the House, it passed a bill to reduce the number of Standards of Learning tests for students in third through eighth grade. If approved, it will toss out eight tests - mostly in the lower grade levels - to be replaced with new assessment tools to promote more critical thinking.

House lawmakers approved a plan that includes gift disclosure from family members, the creation of an ethics advisory council, and a $250 cap on individual gifts.

The House also passed a bill that would allow teachers and other school employees to have firearms on school grounds without penalty.

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