"Sexting," as defined by the law, is the digital transmission of sexually explicit images. Previously, minors engaging in that activity could have faced child pornography charges, and would have been required to register as sex offenders.
The new law would create a special exemption for minors, but would require the state Supreme Court to develop an educational program to instruct children and teenagers about the dangers of sexting and discourage the activity.
House Bill 2521 gives individuals 30 days to claim property seized by police in criminal investigations before it becomes property of the state.
Tomblin said this would protect people who, for instance, had their car stolen by someone who used it to peddle drugs. If the owner is not involved in the crime, they would have 30 days to reclaim their property.
In all, Tomblin signed 212 bills into law from the regular and special legislative sessions earlier this year.
He vetoed four pieces of legislation.
That included a bill that would have required healthcare workers to wear identification at all times. Tomblin vetoed the legislation because of a typographical error.
The governor also vetoed Senate Bill 65, which would have created tax breaks for Division of Natural Resources police officers' retirement income.
In his veto message to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Tomblin said he vetoed the bill because he had "serious concerns about providing disparate tax treatment to a very narrow class of retirees," and also was worried the tax breaks could be expanded through lawsuits.
Tomblin vetoed another bill that would have allowed the state Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority to borrow money for updates to county courthouses. In his veto message, Tomblin said he struck down the bill because he worried the authority would become encumbered in debt.
"I believe that the possible long-term funding issues facing the Authority significantly outweigh the positive attributes of the bill," he wrote.
Tomblin also killed a bill that would have streamlined a health sciences college scholarship program while also changing oversight for the state's Center for Nursing. He vetoed the legislation because it violates a constitutional rule requiring bills to address only one topic.
The Associated Press also contributed to this report.
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