Va. Senate panel rejects bill to decriminalize adultery

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A legislative panel has rejected a bill to decriminalize adultery in Virginia. Media outlets report that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure on a voice vote Monday. State law classifies marital infidelity as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $250. Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax County proposed keeping the $250 penalty but making adultery a civil offense. Surovell said that in the last decade, there have been just eight successful prosecutions for adultery in Virginia. He said only about a dozen states treat adultery as a crime. Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle of Hanover County said that while there may not be many convictions, the charge can be a useful tool in prosecuting other offenses.