- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

RICHMOND (AP) — People would be allowed to store guns in a locked glove box or other interior compartment of a vehicle or boat even if they lack a concealed-weapons permit under legislation that passed the Senate yesterday.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine vetoed similar legislation in 2006 for fear that it could endanger law-enforcement officers. The Senate voted 31-9 to pass the bill, within the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

Under current law, motorists without concealed-weapons permits may put guns on the seat beside them in plain view. Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, Winchester Republican, said her bill was needed to protect children who may be in the vehicle.


Those caught with counterfeit merchandise, be it Levi jeans or Nike sneakers, would face up to a year in jail under legislation passed out of the Senate.

The Senate voted 39-1 yesterday in favor of a bill by Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, to broaden the state’s trademark infringement laws to include knockoff goods. The law currently applies to infringements only on advertisements, labels, signs and other packaging.

Those convicted more than once would be guilty of a Class 6 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Those who have more than 100 identical counterfeit goods or whose counterfeit goods are worth at least $200 would receive the same punishment.

Mr. Saslaw said counterfeit goods cost the country about $250 billion each year in lost revenue.


Legislation allowing plainclothes police officers to give speeding tickets was rejected by the House of Delegates.

The proposal was derailed yesterday after Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler, Sussex Democrat, said female motorists could be endangered by criminals impersonating police officers.

Delegate Charles W. Carrico Sr., Grayson Republican and a former state trooper, also spoke against the bill. He said it would be confusing for a public that is accustomed to getting speeding tickets only from uniformed officers.

The bill’s sponsor, Delegate John A. Cosgrove, Chesapeake Republican, said plainclothes officers are allowed to pull over motorists for violations other than speeding.

The bill was rejected on a voice vote.


The House overwhelmingly passed its payday lending reform compromise bill, while the Senate scrambled to finish work on the issue.

The House bill passed by a 91-7 vote yesterday with no debate.

It limits the number of loans borrowers can have each year, extends the amount of time they have to repay a loan and caps the annual interest rate lenders can charge at 36 percent, although it allows them to charge other fees.

A Senate subcommittee met yesterday morning to sort through nine bills to either reform the industry, cap the interest rate lenders can charge or repeal the 2002 law that opened Virginia to payday lenders. A full committee was to meet on the issue today.

The Senate will try to push through a bill today, the deadline for each chamber to complete work on its own bills.

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