2015 Virginia General Assembly Legislation
Through this summary, VDGIF will provide information on bills filed during the 2015 General Assembly (begins January 14, 2015) related to the Department's mission or that may affect our operations and be of interest to you.
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 full text of the legislation. The current committee to which the legislation is assigned and agendas/dockets for committee meetings can be found under the "Committee" column. Summary information and latest status is available in the “Latest Information” column. Please note that the "history" 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: March 27, 2015
|Bill||Chief Patron||Catch Line||Committee||Latest Information|
|HB1298||Morris||Noncommercial vessels; probable cause.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 484 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB1324||Cole||Boating safety education.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 160 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB1516||Bulova||Wildlife traps; use of remote trap-checking technology.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 47 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB1686||Fariss||Fish; stocking and sale; DGIF to establish a special permit.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 463 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB1961||Lingamfelter||Reciprocal law-enforcement agreements.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 68 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB2111||Futrell||Hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses; electronic copies.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 479 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB2240||Ransone||Introduction, stocking, and release of blue catfish; penalty.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 470 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB2331||Webert||Definition of fur bearing animal.||Passed both houses/to Governor for consideration||Summary and status|
|SB838||Alexander||State resident licenses; dependents of members of armed services.||Passed both houses/to Governor for consideration||Summary and status|
|SB1461||Wagner||Renewal of waterfowl blind licenses.||Approved by Governor--Acts of Assembly Chapter 255 (effective 7/1/15)||Summary and status|
|HB1575||Pogge||Concealed handgun permit; disqualification from obtaining when convicted of drunk boating.||Summary and status|
|HB1586||Kory||Community cat programs.||Summary and status|
|HB2242||Edmunds||Hunting requirement for person under age 12.||Summary and status|
|HB2343||Ramadan||Feeding of game, game animals, and fur bearing animals.||Summary and status|
|HB2345||Ramadan||Retrieval of hunting dogs, etc.||Summary and status|
|HB2359||Simon||Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence.||Summary and status|
|HJ501||Landes||Study; JLARC; reorganization of law enforcement agencies; report.||Summary and status|
|SB693||Martin||Feral cats; trapping, neutering, and returning to site activity.||Summary and status|
|SB698||Stanley||Companion animal; surgical sterilization program, fund, penalty.||Summary and status|
|SB699||Stanley||Community cat programs; localities to authorize operation of programs.||Summary and status|
|SB996||Stuart||Exemptions from Boating Safety requirements.||Summary and status|
|SB1107||McWaters||Release of balloons.||Summary and status|
|SB1212||Ebbin||Watercraft sales and use tax.||Summary and status|
|SB1215||Ebbin||Sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn; penalty.||Summary and status|
|SB1266||Deeds||Conservation easements; private bottomland conveyed by special grant.||Summary and status|
|SB1271||Deeds||Submerged beds of rivers or creeks; claims of private ownership; arbitration.||Summary and status|
|SB1315||Lewis||Nonhuman primates; penalties.||Summary and status|
|SB1439||Stuart||Vessel operation; probable cause.||Summary and status|
|SJ280||Deeds||Study; JLARC; reorganization of law enforcement agencies; report.||Summary and status|