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Eric O. Moody Attorney at Law
A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Attorney Eric Moody is a product of the Chesapeake Public Schools having graduated from Crestwood High School in 1969 with honors, and attended Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania where he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy in 1973. While at Lafayette he was awarded the George Wharton Pepper Prize, bestowed upon the graduating senior who best demonstrated the institution's "highest ideal." Mr. Moody then studied law at the University of Virginia and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1976 and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar that same year.
In his community, Attorney Moody has served 18 years as a commissioner on the Economic Development Authority for the City of Chesapeake, 11 years of which he served as its Chairman, he presided as Substitute Judge for the Chesapeake General District Court for 24 years, from 1983 to 2007. Moody is twice past president of the South Hampton Roads Bar Association, member of the American Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Life time member of the NAACP, and serves as Men's Bible School Teacher and a member of the Deacons Ministry at First Baptist Church Berkley, Norfolk, Virginia.
Mr. Moody is Senior Partner in the law firm of Eric O. Moody and Associates, P.C., a general law practice with offices in Chesapeake and Portsmouth. He offers legal commentary for the NBC Hampton Roads affiliate WAVY TV 10 NEWS, is a guest host for Hampton University's radio station, WHOV 88.1 FM, and is a legal expert for Clear Channel Communication's WKUS 92.1 and 103 JAMZ
A look at Virginia's new laws that begin July 1
RICHMOND, Va. --
The ideological division and pitched partisan battles that made the 2012 General Assembly session among the most tumultuous in recent memory have passed.
But the combative legislative legacy left by lawmakers is just now starting to be felt.
Hundreds of new laws take effect today that will affect nearly every aspect of life in the commonwealth, from voting to veterans, tax credits to crime and punishment, women's health to children's safety.
They include measures requiring women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds, and Virginians seeking to vote to present identification. There is no longer a one-gun-a-month limit on handgun purchases in the commonwealth, and drivers will face even stiffer sanctions for driving under the influence.
Nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions were introduced during the session. There were 849 measures approved — and all but eight of those were signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Here's a look at some notable new legislation taking effect today in Virginia:
Arguably the most controversial legislation passed this year, House Bill 462 requires all women to undergo an ultrasound before receiving an abortion. The original version of the legislation would have required an invasive vaginal ultrasound, but was amended following massive protests to be a noninvasive imaging procedure. The ultrasound is not mandatory if the woman having the abortion has reported being the victim of rape or incest.
With the signing of House Bill 445, the law now eliminates the need for parental consent for an adoption in cases in which the birth parent has not visited or contacted the child for six months prior to a petition for adoption.
Inspired by the Penn State sex-abuse scandal, Senate Bill 239 broadens the list of people required to report suspected child abuse to include coaches, among others. It also reduces the time period for mandatory reporting of suspected abuse from 72 hours to 24 hours, and increases fines and criminal penalties for failing to make a report.
Drinking and driving
House Bill 279 and Senate Bill 378 bring a significant change to the state law governing driving under the influence. Now, first-time offenders convicted of driving under the influence must, as a condition of a restricted license, drive vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device. The device prevents a car from starting if the operator has been drinking. Previously, devices were required only upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense.
Local government and school board employees will now contribute to their pensions in the Virginia Retirement System. Senate Bill 497 stipulates that they pay 5 percent of their salaries to VRS, but allows localities to phase in the employee contribution over five years, and requires them to provide a salary increase to offset the contribution.
Virginians may now purchase more than one handgun a month, following the signing of Senate Bill 323, which repealed a 1993 law restricting handgun purchases in the commonwealth.
Prompted by the allergic reaction death of Chesterfield County elementary school student Amarria Johnson in January, House Bill 1107 and Senate Bill 656 require schools to keep a supply of epinephrine on hand to administer to students in the event of a severe allergic reaction.
Senate Bill 54 keeps the minimum amount of wages needed to qualify for unemployment insurance at $2,700 for the two highest earnings quarters of an employee's base pay period. The level was scheduled to increase to $3,000 — now it will not go into effect until July 2014.
Veterans who are permanently disabled due to a service-related disability can receive a free lifetime hunting and freshwater fishing license under House Bill 719 and Senate Bill 528.
House Bill 938 requires state occupational regulatory boards to accept military experience, education and training as equivalent experience required for certification by the sate, with the exception of requirements by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Dentistry.
Virginia voters who arrive at the polls without any identification will no longer be able to cast an official ballot by signing a sworn statement. Under Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 9, such a voter will be given a provisional ballot subject to review by the local electoral board. The voter has three days following the election to submit proper identification to the board in order to have the vote counted.
The new law also expands the list of acceptable identification that may be presented at the polls, which includes student identification cards issued by a Virginia college or university, utility bills and concealed handgun permits.
To promote compliance and address critics who say the law is designed to suppress the vote of minorities, students and the elderly, McDonnell has also issued an executive order requiring new voter ID cards to be sent to all registered voters in the commonwealth in advance of this year's November elections.
Senate Bill 674 creates a cause of civil action for the death of a fetus that is caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default of another. Only the natural mother, or, in the case of her disability or death, her guardian, representative or the administrator of her estate, may file the claim. The natural mother herself cannot be sued.
Additionally, a number of significant new laws passed by lawmakers in the 2012 General Assembly session do not take effect until 2013 or beyond.