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Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM
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By Erica Jones

See New Laws That Took Effect in DC, Md. and Va. on Oct. 1

A number of new laws went into effect Monday in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Here's what you need to know.View gallery »

  • dc sales tax
  • Bump Stock Ban
  • Move Over Law Expanded
Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Virginia Now Offering REAL ID-Compliant Licenses

Virginia Now Offering REAL ID-Compliant Licenses

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has started offering residents the option to upgrade their driver's licenses to meet federal requirements that will affect plane travelers. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Trump Hails NAFTA Revamp, Trudeau Calls it Win-Win-Win

President Donald Trump hailed his revamped North American trade deal with Canada and Mexico on Monday and vowed to sign it by late November. But it's not the final step in the lengthy path to congressional... Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 at 9:55 PM

Comstock: Senate Democrats Have Abused Confirmation Process

Comstock: Senate Democrats Have Abused Confirmation Process

Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock accused Senate Democrats Friday of abusing the confirmation process by withholding sex-assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the last... Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 at 5:22 AM

Virginia's Kaine, Stewart Keep Up Insults at Second Debate

Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates picked up where they left off in their first debate in July Wednesday night. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Virginia Picks First 5 Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Virginia Picks First 5 Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

The companies will open state's first authorized marijuana-growing facilities within a year, but dispensaries are only allowed to sell non-psychoactive oil to approved patients. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Maryland Governor Announces New Parental Leave Policy

Maryland Governor Announces New Parental Leave Policy

Maryland state employees will have an additional 60 days of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child under 6. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 at 5:35 AM

New Gun-Control Laws Go Into Effect Next Week in Maryland

New Gun-Control Laws Go Into Effect Next Week in Maryland

New gun-control laws are taking effect in Maryland next week, and some state lawmakers already are talking about strengthening them in the next legislative session after high-profile shootings in the state. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:29 AM

National Voter Registration Day: How to Register in the DMV

National Voter Registration Day: How to Register in the DMV

Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and your vote counts. Here's how to register to vote across the DMV. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Ted Cruz Forced Out of DC Restaurant by Kavanaugh Protesters

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was forced out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant Monday night by a group protesting embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Read »

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