2017 Virginia General Assembly Legislation

Through this summary, VDGIF will provide information on bills filed during the 2017 General Assembly (begins January 11, 2017) 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.

Legislation shaded grey is no longer advancing.

Updated: March 16, 2017

Bill Chief Patron Catch Line Committee Latest Information
SB 866 Stuart Boating safety course; database listing operators who have passed course. Approved by Governor
Effective: 07/01/2017
Summary and Status
SB 906 Surovell Introduction of snakehead fish; penalty. Approved by Governor
Effective: 07/01/2017
Summary and Status
SB 953 Ruff Muzzleloader firearms definition Approved by Governor
Effective: 07/01/2017
Summary and Status
SB 968 Chafin Hunting License; bear, deer, turkey; electronic carry Approved by Governor
Effective: 07/01/2017
Summary and Status
HB 1938 Edmunds Slingbow hunting; license Approved by Governor
Effective: 07/01/2017
Summary and Status
HB 1939 Edmunds Hunting apparel; blaze pink Approved by Governor
Effective: 07/01/2017
Summary and Status
HB 2255 Edmunds Hunting of big game species; licenses. Approved by Governor
Effective: 07/01/2017
Summary and Status
SJ 268 Hanger National hunting and fishing day in Virginia resolution > Senate: Passed
> House: Passed
Summary and Status
HB 1588 Campbell Baiting of Deer House Ag, Chesapeake, Nat Res No longer moving forward
HB 1857 Pogge Waterfowl blinds; distance of floating blinds from stationary blinds Natural Resources Subcommittee No longer moving forward
HB1900 Howell Dogs running at large; civil penalty House No longer moving forward
HB2450 Edmunds Hunting license; own property. Natural Resources Subcommittee No longer moving forward
SB1525 Marsden Trespass by persons using hunting dogs; penalty. Committee on Courts of Justice No longer moving forward
HJ677 Poindexter Study; study the current and potential impact of zebra and quagga mussels in Virginia waters Committee on Rules No longer moving forward