Cursing in public could no longer be a crime in Virginia

Profanely cursing in public may not be illegal in Virginia for much longer.

The House of Delegates voted, 76-24, on Thursday to repeal the provision.

The repeal bill now heads to the Senate.

Currently, profanely cursing or swearing in public is a Class 4 misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $250.

The bill leaves the rest of that code section intact, so it would remain a crime to be intoxicated in public.

Non-clergy who officiate weddings cash in

The Senate also voted Thursday to give non-clergy members who officiate weddings a raise.

In a 23-16 vote, the Senate supported raising the maximum fee permitted for officiating a wedding from $50 to $75.

Marriage commissioners or judges would still be permitted to also charge for any additional services and travel expenses.

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