About half of the 217 bills that passed in this year's legislative session will take effect on Friday. Some of it represents fine work of which the public will approve
* Requiring counties to provide bullet-resistant vests to sheriff's deputies is a sound response to a 22-year-old's cold-blooded killing last summer of State Police Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Trooper Eric Michael Workman, who had been polite about arresting him.
Other officers later killed the assailant in a firefight.
* Another law extends a program that provides college scholarships to the children of troopers who die in the line of duty to the children of all slain officers.
Let us pray that no other child ever has to use this benefit. All the same, most West Virginians would probably agree that it should exist.
* At sentencing, judges may include a six-month supervised early release for non-violent offenders. This will allow the state to track criminals who might go unsupervised once they serve their entire sentence.
The law also may ease prison overcrowding. West Virginia ranks No. 39 in incarceration per 100,000 residents.
* A law that took effect July 1 gave the Industrial Home for Youth, which had been a facility for juvenile offenders, a new mission as the Salem Correctional Center for adults. This, too, will relieve prison overcrowding.
Not all new laws are worthy, however.