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Inmate crowding, sexting among new W.Va. law areas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia is repealing, updating or expanding dozens of state laws this month. The wide array of topics includes prison conditions, tanning salons and Supreme Court elections.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed 217 bills passed by the Legislature this year. More than half of them take effect this month, with most becoming law July 12.

Perhaps the highest-profile measure targets West Virginia's inmate crowding crisis. It ramps up post-release supervision and drug treatment options for offenders.

Children under 18 will need a parent's written consent before hitting a tanning salon. A separate measure bans sexting by youths while offering an alternative to juvenile criminal charges.

The state highways commissioner will no longer need legislative approval to make public-private road-building partnerships. Public funding for qualifying Supreme Court candidates becomes permanent.

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