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2020 Virginia General Assembly Legislation

Through this summary, VDGIF will provide information on bills filed during the 2020 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 “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 17, 2020

BillChief PatronCatch LineCommitteeLatest Information
HB173Delegate KrizekWaterfowl blinds in locality where certain hunting prohibited.

House Agriculture, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

Summary and Status
SB435Senator SurovellWaterfowl blinds in locality where certain hunting prohibited.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

Summary and Status
HB388Delegate EdmundsSpecial license to hunt elk.

House Agriculture, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

 

Summary and Status
SB262Senator ChafinSpecial license to hunt elk.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

Summary and Status
HB449Delegate FowlerUnlawful hunting, fishing, or trapping; prohibition upon conviction.

House Agriculture, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

 

Summary and Status
HB1074Delegate AdamsDisturbing animals; certain species.

House Agriculture, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

 

Summary and Status
HB1272Delegate RobinsonHunting license; senior resident lifetime license for hunting bear, deer, and turkey.

House Agriculture, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Passed House and Senate
– Awaiting Gov signature

 

Summary and Status
HB1604Delegate FowlerDepartment of Game and Inland Fisheries; boat ramp fees; exemptions.

House Agriculture, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

Summary and Status
HB1695Delegate BulovaWildlife Corridor Action Plan; road construction projects.

House Agriculture, Chesapeake, Natural Resources
– Approved by Governor (effective 7/1/2020)

 

Summary and Status
SB1004Senator MarsdenWildlife Corridor Action Plan; road construction projects.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Passed Senate and House
– Awaiting Gov signature

Summary and Status
SB336Senator StuartSpecial fishing permits for certain youth camps.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Passed Senate and House
– Awaiting Gov signature

Summary and Status
SB616Senator DeedsDepartment of Game and Inland Fisheries; name change.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Passed Senate and House
– Awaiting Gov Signature

Summary and Status
SB772Senator StanleyTransportation of bait fish for sale; penalty.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Passed Senate and House
– Awaiting Gov signature

Summary and Status
SB774Senator ChafinBig game hunting; guaranteed kills prohibited; penalty.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Passed Senate and House
– Awaiting Gov signature

Summary and Status
SB882Senator LockeConservation police officers; external appointment.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Passed Senate and House
– Awaiting Gov signature

Summary and Status
SB987Senator StuartHunting waterfowl; duck blinds.

Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources
– Passed Senate and House
– Awaiting Gov signature

Summary and Status
SB318Senator KiggansRelease of balloons; prohibition.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
SB335Senator StuartFees to hunt and fish; waiver for military service.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
SB459Senator ReevesHunting and fishing licenses; veterans and active duty service members. Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
SB509Senator ReevesLocal hunting and firearm regulation. Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
SB886Senator MarsdenHunting with dogs; retrieval and trespass; discharge of firearm on road; civil and criminal penalties.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB507Delegate GuyRelease of balloon prohibited; civil penalty.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB963Delegate WebertBear damaging crops; kill permit. Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1188Delegate WamplerBear hunting license; inclusion in license to hunt deer and turkey.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1282Delegate HodgesLicense to hunt, trap, or fish; exemption for member of federally recognized tribe.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1307Delegate WalkerHunting laws; novice booklet.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1357Delegate LaRockSale of wildlife mounts permitted. Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1470Delegate HeadFirearms ordinances; applicability to property located in multiple localities.Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1471Delegate HeadFirearms ordinances; property in multiple localities; affirmative defense. Summary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.
HB1632Delegate EdmundsHunting on Sunday; public landsSummary and Status
This bill is no longer moving forward.