Del. Yost wants to clean up Virginia’s laws
By Christian Trejbal
The House of Delegates limits how many bills its members may file before the session, so the ones they choose reflect their priorities.
Del. Joseph Yost, the Republican whose district includes Blacksburg, Radford and Giles County, wants to allow bars around the Ironto and Radford exits of Interstate 81 (HB 1449), to protect campus police better (HB 1380), to create a law-enforcement peer counseling program (HB 1379) and to designate an annual coal miner recognition day on April 13 (HB 1464).
Those are the sort of mostly harmless bills one expects from a second-year delegate.
One of his bills, however, is not so typical. Technically, it does very little, but it makes an important statement. HB 1538 would require the Virginia Code Commission to review the state code every two years and identify anything that the state or federal supreme court has ruled unconstitutional.
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer based in the New River Valley. Follow him on Twitter @ctrejbal.
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