Virginia Rules curriculum has recently been updated to reflect law changes since 2020. All 26 topic materials have been updated – with new law changes and with updated statistics. You’ll be notified when the new lessons are available; be sure to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Fero at MFero@oag.state.va.us.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana: Laws related to marijuana possession and consumption have been moved from Drugs – Overview to the newly named Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana module. (2020: HB 972/SB 2. Possession and consumption of marijuana; penalty.)
Opioids: The Heroin module has been renamed Opioids and its material has been broadened to include illicit and prescription opioids, including information on fentanyl.
The Wrong Family (Gangs) & The Hardest Hit (Heroin): These video modules have been deleted.
SELECTED LAW CHANGES
This is not a comprehensive list, but highlights some of the recent law updates that affect the Virginia Rules curriculum.
- HB 35/SB 103. Juvenile offenders; parole. (2020)Teens and Violence
- HB 618/SB 179. Hate crimes; gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation; penalty. (2020) multiple modules
- HB 972/SB 2. Possession and consumption of marijuana; penalty. (2020) multiple modules
- SB 667. Arrest and prosecution when experiencing or reporting overdoses. (2020) multiple modules
- HB 904. Child abuse and neglect reporting; public sports programs.(2020) Family Relationships and the law
- HB 2263/SB 1165. Abolition of the death penalty. (2021) multiple modules
- HB 2312/SB 1406. Marijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties. (2021) multiple modules
- HB 4/SB 36. School principals; incident reports. (2022) Student Responsibilities
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To see a full list of each year’s legislative changes, you can view them online:
- In Due Course: 2020 Changes to Virginia’s Laws
- In Due Course: 2021 Changes to Virginia’s Laws
- In Due Course: 2022 Changes to Virginia’s Laws
- DJJ 2020 Legislative Handbook
- DJJ 2021 Legislative Handbook
- DJJ 2022 Legislative Handbook
There is no new update to the Virginia Juvenile Law Handbook; 2017 is the latest version.