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2021 Virginia General Assembly Legislation

Through this summary, Virginia DWR will provide information on bills filed during the 2021 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 Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus will not meet this year due to COVID-19.

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 “Committee” 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.

Last Updated: January 19, 2021

BillChief PatronCatch LineCommitteeLatest Information
House Bills
HB1839 Scott Wyatt Special hunting and fishing license for disabled veterans; 50 percent disabled

House Ag, Chesapeake, Natural Resources

Summary and Status
HB2083Kathy ByronWake surfing proximity to certain structures or other persons

House Ag, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Reported out of Chesapeake Subcommittee to full HACNR with amendment (7-Y 1-N)
– Back in House Ag, Chesapeake, Natural Resources

Summary and Status
HB2159Nancy GuyRelease of balloon prohibited; civil penalty

House Ag, Chesapeake, Natural Resources

Summary and Status
HB2252Will WamplerBoard of Wildlife Resources; quitclaim and conveyance of easement; Tazewell County.

House Ag, Chesapeake, Natural Resources

Summary and Status
HB2298Matthew FarrisMuzzleloading rifle and shotgun; definitions

House Ag, Chesapeake, Natural Resources

Summary and Status
Senate Bills
SB1274David MarsdenGovernment planning; wildlife corridors

Senate Ag, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Reported out of committee to full Senate (11-Y 4-N)
– Going to Senate floor

Summary and Status
SB1400Todd PillionBoard of Wildlife Resources; quitclaim and conveyance of easement; Tazewell County

Senate Ag, Conservation, Natural Resources

Summary and Status
SB1402Todd PillionTrout fishing in stocked waters

Senate Ag, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Reported out of committee to Senate Finance (13-Y 1-N)

Summary and Status
Bills No Longer Moving Forward
HB1799James EdmundsSunday hunting; allowed on public lands

House Ag, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
Failed to report (16-N 6-Y)

Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.