New legislation could allow Virginia schools to ban cellphones

Legislation was passed through the Virginia State Senate yesterday that would allow school districts to ban cell phones during school hours.

The bill still requires the approval of the House of Delegates and Governor Glenn Youngkin before going into effect.

Several school divisions around the state and 76.9% of schools nationally have prohibited cell phone use during the school day according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Pouch pilot programs have been launched in Richmond which allows students to place their phone in a locked pouch that is then unlocked at the end of the day.

The topic was discussed at a national level after Senators Tim Kaine of Virginia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced a bill to study cell phone use in the classroom in November.

The legislation would also require $25 million in funding for five years of a pilot pouch program.

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Virginia legislators join fight for JMU’s bowl eligibility

Multiple Virginia legislators have now spoken out against the NCAA’s decision to ban James Madison University’s football team from postseason play this year.

Earlier in the month, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares sent a letter to NCAA president Charlie Baker requesting the Dukes receive an exemption which would allow JMU to play in a bowl game.

Yesterday, multiple members of the Virginia State Senate spoke out against the decision on X, formerly known as Twitter, and threatened a “very unfriendly future” from the state’s legislature if the technicality is not dealt with appropriately.

JMU is currently ranked #25 in the nation in both the Coaches and AP poll and with their record of 7-0, they have already eclipsed the win total required to be bowl eligible.

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Blood type can now be added to ID cards in Virginia

Virginians can now choose to indicate their blood type on driver’s licenses and ID cards to help assist first responders in the event of an emergency.

Residents will have the option to place their blood type on cards when they renew or replace a license or ID card online or through any in person DMV customer service center.

The blood type will be displayed with a small icon on the front of your license or ID.

Proof of blood type is not required by the DMV, it is the responsibility of the individual to self-certify and make sure the correct blood type is selected.

The decision to add blood types to identification cards was originally introduced by Virginia Senator George L. Barker as a state senate bill.

DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey supported the decision stating, “The law was intended to aid individuals and first responders when every second counts in an emergency. DMV is proud to provide Virginians with options.”

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