Game and Inland Fisheries Legislation in the 2015 Virginia General Assembly

Below is a table of 23 bills in the 2015 Virginia General Assembly bills concerning boating, fishing, fisheries, hunting, and wildlife.  The list was compiled by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) through January 24.  The last day to introduce new bills into the 2015 session was January 23.  The VDGIF list was accessed at that agency’s “General Assembly Legislation” Web page, http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/legislation/, on January 29, 2015.  VDGIF updates the list as action is taken on bills. Thanks to the VDGIF for compiling this information and making it available.

HB stands for House Bill, a measure introduced first in the House of Delegates; SB stands for Senate Bill, a measure introduced first in the State Senate.  For more information on any bill, click on the bill number to access the entry for that bill at the Virginia Legislative Information System (main page: http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm).  Click on any name under “Chief Patron” for more information about the Delegate or Senator who sponsored a given bill.

Bill Chief Patron Focus of Bill Committee
HB 1298 Morris Noncommercial vessels; probable cause. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 1324 Cole Boating safety education. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 1516 Bulova Wildlife traps; use of remote trap-checking technology. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 1575 Pogge Concealed handgun permit; disqualification from obtaining when convicted of drunk boating. House Militia, Police, and Public Safety
HB 1586 Kory Community cat programs. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 1686 Fariss Fish; stocking and sale; DGIF to establish a special permit. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 1961 Lingamfelter Reciprocal law-enforcement agreements. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 2111 Futrell Hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses; electronic copies. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 2240 Ransone Introduction, stocking, and release of blue catfish; penalty. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 2242 Edmunds Hunting requirement for person under age 12. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 2331 Webert Definition of fur bearing animal. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 2343 Ramadan Feeding of game, game animals, and fur bearing animals. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 2345 Ramadan Retrieval of hunting dogs, etc. House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
HB 2359 Simon Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence. House Militia, Police, and Public Safety
HJ 501 Landes Study; JLARC; reorganization of law enforcement agencies; report. House Rules
SB 693 Martin Feral cats; trapping, neutering, and returning to site activity. Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
SB 698 Stanley Companion animal; surgical sterilization program, fund, penalty. Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
SB 699 Stanley Community cat programs; localities to authorize operation of programs. Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
SB 838 Alexander State resident licenses; dependents of members of armed services. House for committee assignment
SB 996 Stuart Exemptions from Boating Safety requirements. Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
SB 1107 McWaters Release of balloons. Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
SB 1212 Ebbin Watercraft sales and use tax. Senate Finance
SB 1215 Ebbin Sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn; penalty. Senate Courts of Justice

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