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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: March 2, 2021

BillChief PatronCatch LineCommitteeLatest Information
House Bills
HB2159Nancy GuyRelease of balloon prohibited; civil penalty

Passed House (59-Y 40-N 1-A)
Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N)

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

Passed House (82-Y 16-N)
Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

Summary and Status
HB2298Matthew FarrisMuzzleloading rifle and shotgun; definitions

Passed House (74-Y 22-N)
Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

Summary and Status
Senate Bills
SB1274David MarsdenGovernment planning; wildlife corridors

Passed Senate (29-Y 10-N)
Passed House (89-Y 10-N)

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

Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
Passed House (99-Y 0-N)

Summary and Status
SB1402Todd PillionTrout fishing in stocked waters

Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N)
Passed House (100-Y 0-N)

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

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

Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1839 Scott Wyatt Special hunting and fishing license for disabled veterans; 50 percent disabled

House Ag, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources
– Failed due to not being heard in committee

Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB2083Kathy ByronWake surfing proximity to certain structures or other persons

House Ag, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources
– Chesapeake subcommittee
– Reported  (7-Y 1-N)
– HACNR Reported (15-Y 7-N)
– On House floor
– Engrossment refused by House

Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
SB1460Lynwood LewisDeer hunting; rifle caliber

Senate Ag, Conservation, and Natural Resources
– Passed By Indefinitely (15-Y 0-N)

Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.