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February 14, 2014

Va. House Committee next step for Andrew’s Law bill

RICHMOND, Va. — After it moved into the House on Tuesday, SB 293, also known as Andrew’s Law, will be heard in the House Courts of Justice committee next week, according to Delegate James W. “Will” Morefield, R-Tazewell.

“I have been working with members of both the Appropriations and the Courts of Justice committees,” Morefield said. “I have been working diligently on this legislation (all along). We will know the official status next week.”

Morefield said in an email message that he has received telephone calls from people opposed to the legislation, but he said that he still supports the legislation.

The bill seeks to change the penalty under state law in reckless driving causing death or serious injury of a law enforcement officer, emergency medical services personnel, highway worker or firefighter from a misdemeanor to a Class six felony.

The family of the late Virginia State Trooper Andrew Fox was instrumental in the development of SB 293. Fox, 27, was directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair on Oct. 5, 2012, when a distracted driver ran over him. Fox died as a result of the injuries he received.

The distracted driver pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving, received a 12-month suspended sentence and a $1,000 fine.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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