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Del. Rasoul cosponsors a bill to raise felony larceny threshold

ROANOKE (WSLS10) - In Virginia, it only takes a theft totaling $200 to put a felony on your record for life. But a new bipartisan bill hopes to change that.

Delegate Sam Rasoul is cosponsoring a bill which would raise the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500.

Instead of being labeled as a felon, the offenders would have a misdemeanor on their record.

Rasoul says the bill would make it easier for ex-offenders to get a job by removing the stigma of having a felony conviction.

Rasoul also says the bill is supported by the community.

According to a Citizen's Assembly survey, 80% of respondents support raising the threshold.