2014 Virginia General Assembly Legislation

Through this summary, VDGIF will provide information on bills related to the Department's mission or that may affect our operations and be of interest to you.

Commenting on Legislation

The most appropriate way to express your opinion about these bills, or any other legislation, is through your local delegate and/or senator. For more information about your legislators and how to contact them, please visit the Virginia General Assembly website. You may also contact the Virginia General Assembly's Constituent Viewpoint Comment line toll-free at 1-800-889-0229 (698-1990 in Richmond).

Legislative Sportsman's Caucus Meetings

The Department attends the Legislative Sportsman's Caucus with legislators from both houses during the course of the Session. The Caucus meets at 7:00 a.m. on Thursdays in the 6th Floor Speaker's Conference Room of the General Assembly Building.


Click on the bill number to go directly to the state's Legislative Information System (LIS) to view the most current version of the full text of the legislation, summary information, and current status. Please note that the "status" information will be updated on the LIS only when there has been action on the specific piece of legislation; not all bills will be acted on in the same timeframes.

Legislation will be added to this list as it is introduced, please be aware that new legislation is introduced every day, especially during the pre-Session and early Session periods.

Legislation shaded grey is no longer advancing.

Updated: June 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Bill Chief Patron Catch Line Last Committee Action Next Action
Date Time Location
HB127 Scott Muzzleloading pistols; persons allowed to hunt big game. Approved by Governor--CHP117 (effective 7/1/14)
HB307 Lingamfelter Hunter safety education; after school programs for students in grades seven through 12. Approved by Governor--CHP560 (effective 7/1/14)
HB376 Bulova Spotlighting of deer; exemption from restrictions. Approved by Governor--CHP126 (effective 7/1/14)
HB715 Wright Special archery license. Approved by Governor--CHP136 (effective 7/1/14)
HB857 Fariss Hunting with a muzzleloading rifle; blaze orange clothing. Approved by Governor--CHP140 (effective 7/1/14)
HB991 Cline Hunting and fishing licenses for nonresident disabled veterans. Approved by Governor--CHP587 (effective 7/1/14)
HB1121 Scott, E. Composition of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. Approved by Governor--CHP592 (effective 7/1/14)
HB1146 Fowler Apprentice Hunters Approved by Governor--CHP244 (effective 7/1/14)
HB1237 Gilbert Hunting on Sundays. Approved by Governor--CHP152 (effective 7/1/14)
SB42 Marsden Fox or coyote; penalty for any person to erect or maintain an enclosure for purpose of hunting, etc. Approved by Governor--CHP605 (effective 7/1/14)
SB50 Martin Endangered and threatened species. Approved by Governor--CHP481 (effective 7/1/14)
SB145 Stuart Special fox hunting license. Enacted with Governor's amendment--CHP798 (effective 7/1/14)
SB154 Puckett Hunting on Sundays. Approved by Governor--CHP482 (effective 7/1/14)
SB371 McWaters Terms of hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses and permits. Approved by Governor--CHP255 (effective 7/1/14)
SB413 Hanger Wildlife rehabilitators. Approved by Governor--CHP626 (effective 7/1/14)
SB504 Wagner Watercraft titling certificates; amendments to uniform act. Approved by Governor--CHP371 (effective 7/1/14)
SB602 Stuart Location of nonriparian blinds. Approved by Governor--CHP377 (effective 7/1/14)
SJ63 Hanger Study; Preserving the Virginia Bobwhite Quail; report. House agreed to
HB650 Ransone Boating safety course. Governor vetoed
HB735 Lingamfelter Submerged bottomlands; posting of claim. HACNR Subcommittee: Natural Resources tabled
HB941 Surovell Operating a vehicle or vessel containing a false compartment; penalty. House Courts of Justice Committee: subcommittee Criminal Law tabled
HB989 Cline Senior discount for special license. HACNR Natural Resources subcommittee tabled
HB1042 Fariss Use of certain muzzleloading pistols. Stricken at the request of the patron
HB1175 Farrell Special hunting and fishing license for disabled veterans HACNR Subcommittee: Natural Resources tabled
HB1188 Albo Animal Fighting House Courts of Justice: Subcommittee Criminal Law passed by indefinitely
HB1250 Ramadan Hunting on Sundays. Left in House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee
HJ26 Landes Law enforcement agencies; JLARC to study reorganizing functions under Virginia State Police. Senate Rules continued to 2015
HJ29 Marshall, D. Wild game; Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to study overpopulation in Commonwealth. House Rules Committee subcommittee: Studies struck from docket
SB9 Garrett Coyotes; lawful to hunt or kill on Sundays. Stricken at the request of the patron
SB13 Garrett Hunting dogs etc.; permission from landowner to retrieve from property. Withdrawn at request of the patron
SB37 Howell Conservation Police Officers; appointment by Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries HACNR carried over to 2015
SB52 Stuart Boating safety course. Failed to report from SACNR
SB123 Garrett Wind energy projects; regulations to mitigate adverse effects of turbine blades on wildlife. Defeated on Senate Floor
SB192 McDougle Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; appointment of certain sworn law-enforcement positions. Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee incorporated into SB37
SB234 Petersen Operating a vehicle or vessel containing a false compartment; penalty. Senate Courts of Justice carried over to 2015
SB258 Deeds Law-enforcement consolidation plan. SACNR carried over to 2015
SB629 Marsden Navigation on certain waters. Defeated on Senate Floor
SJ36 Deeds Study; JLARC to study consolidation of law enforcement agencies under Virginia State Police. Senate Rules carried over to 2015
SJ79 Ruff Study; DGIF to study removal of prohibition of hunting over bait; report. Senate Rules passed by indefinitely