Although most new laws in Virginia take effect on July 1 of the year in which they are passed, others — particularly tax laws — don’t go into effect until the new year.
The following new provisions of state law went into effect Sunday:
Ÿ Autism coverage: Insurance companies now are required to cover certain types of therapies and treatments for autism spectrum disorders.
Ÿ Tax law: Tax credits for longterm care insurance premiums increase to 30 percent of the amount paid. There also is a new tax credit to offset telework-related expenses — as much as $1,200 per employee and $50,000 per employer.
Ÿ Electoral boards: A provision was added that prevents the immediate family members of any officeholder or candidate from being appointed to the electoral board in that jurisdiction.
Ÿ Prisons: The Department of Corrections now is required to set aside 10 percent of each inmate’s income, from any source, in a personal trust account. Once there is $1,000 in the trust account, the inmate can opt to continue adding to the trust account or to put all funds in his or her other personal account.