The past year was considerably more tranquil than recent years with regard to legal developments involving children. For example, there were no major United States Supreme Court decisions directly affecting children, and the 1991 Virginia General Assembly's actions impacted on children mainly through budget cuts and the disappointing abolition of the Department for Children - a result of those cuts. Virginia's child labor laws were extensively revised in 1991, but few of these revisions will make a noticeable difference in the work relationships of the state's youth because they largely conform state law to existing federal law. Finally, legislation was enacted, after several sessions failed to do so, regarding surrogacy contracts and assisted conception technologies.
Robert E. Shepherd Jr.,
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Legal Issues Involving Children,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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