2018 Virginia General Assembly Legislation

Through this summary, VDGIF will provide information on bills filed during the 2018 General Assembly 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.

Bills

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.

Updated: February 23, 2018

Bill Chief Patron Catch Line Committee Latest Information
HB 239 Kilgore Hunting w/ assistance of dog on Sunday, exception >> Passed House and Senate Summary and Status
HB 346 Stolle PWC operation on lakes smaller than 50 acres >> Passed House

Senate Ag, Cons, Nat Res

Summary and Status
HB 564 Edmunds Hunting Apparel; hunting from an enclosed blind; solid blaze orange/pink >> Passed House and Senat Summary and Status
HB 635 O’Quinn Free fishing day; rain day; emergency >> Passed House and Senat Summary and Status
HB 751 Leftwich Motorboats; means of propulsion; wakesurfing >> Passed House and Senat Summary and Status
SB 375 Chafin Hunting with the assistance of dogs; Sunday hunting; exceptions. >> Passed Senate

House Ag, Ches, Nat Res

>> Reported

Summary and Status
HB 995 Byron Special license to track a wounded bear or deer with dogs. >> Passed House

House Ag, Ches, Nat Res

Summary and Status
HB 1151 Gooditis Nonresident youth fishing license; exemption. >> Passed House

Senate Ag, Cons, Nat Res

>> Referred to Senate Finance

Summary and Status
HB 1328 Edmunds Hunting; disabled hunter exempt from local tree stand requirement. >> Passed House

Senate Ag, Cons, Nat Res

Summary and Status
HB 1393 Knight Airbow hunting; license. >> Passed House w/ floor substitute

Senate Ag, Cons, Nat Res

Summary and Status
HB 1404 Ransone Snakehead fish; certified restaurants and retail markets. >> Passed House

Senate Ag, Cons, Nat Res

Summary and Status
HB 1414 Edmunds Special license to hunt bear; fee.  >> Passed House w/ floor substitute

Senate Ag, Cons, Nat Res

>> Referred to Senate Finance

Summary and Status
SB 859 Chafin Airbow hunting; license. >> Passed Senate

House Ag, Ches, Nat Res

>> Reported w/substitute

Summary and Status
HB 459 Filler-Corn Official designations; state salamander.  >> Passed House

Senate General Laws & Technology

Summary and Status
SB 984 Cosgrove Motorboats; means of propulsion; wakesurfing >> Passed Senate

House Ag, Ches, Nat Res

Summary and Status
Bills No Longer Moving Forward
SB 99 Marsden Release of hunting dogs on a highway >> Not reported Summary and Status
HB 1229 Hayes Towing a person on water skis, etc. >> Not reported Summary and Status
SB 838 Spruill Virginia Conservation Police Review Board.  >> Continued to 2019 Summary and Status
HB 920 Lopez Endangered species; sale of items made from certain animals; penalty. >> Bill stricken Summary and Status
HB 1075 Hurst Poaching; revocation of hunting, trapping, or fishing license and privileges. >> Not reported Summary and Status
SB 81 Hanger Landowner liability; educational activity >> Not reported Summary and Status