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New state laws take effect Wednesday

June 29, 2009 | Virginia News

New state laws that ban text messaging while driving and get tougher on drunken drivers take effect this week.

In a 46-day session, the General Assembly approved 879 bills, most of which take effect Wednesday.

The session will probably be best known for a measure prohibiting smoking in most restaurants and bars in Virginia. This measure will not take effect until Dec. 1 to give restaurant owners more time to prepare for the ban.

Here's a look at some highlights of laws that take effect this week:

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