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Lawmakers tackle changing bawdy place, prostitution laws

Del. Mark Levine is considering changing the statute for keeping, residing in, or frequenting a bawdy place for next year's legislative session.
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RICHMOND, Va. — The General Assembly passed measures this session repealing restrictions on sex before marriage, swearing in public and being a "habitual drunkard," but Alexandria Del. Mark Levine said he is considering updating another "outdated" Virginia law next year. 

He's considering changing the statute for keeping, residing in, or frequenting a bawdy place.

In Virginia, that means using a building for lewdness, assignation or prostitution. Violating this law is a Class 1 misdemeanor. 

Levine takes issue with the words "lewdness," meaning obscene or vulgar, and "assignation," or, an appointment for a meeting, especially between lovers.

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