Changes To Capital Punishment And Smoking Laws Take Effect In Virginia This Week

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Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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The Virginia Department of Corrections will soon have the option of using the electric chair as a means of execution for inmates awaiting the death penalty if lethal injection drugs are not available.

The law is one of hundreds going into effect in the Commonwealth on Friday, The Roanoke Times reports. Between 1910 until 1994, the electric chair was used for all executions in Virginia. The Commonwealth, along with nine other states, currently allows death row inmates to choose between electrocution and lethal injection.

Legislation also going into effect on Friday will ban smoking in cars when a child 8 years old or younger is inside the vehicle. Violators will be slapped with a civil fine of $100.

Another law going into effect is a firearms legislation package compromise between Virginia GOP lawmakers and Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The package increases acknowledgment of out-of-state concealed-carry permits, among other provisions.

The Commonwealth will also become the first state to offer legal daily fantasy sports contests offering cash payouts.

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