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Updated August 18, 2017

Virginia House of Delegates 2017

HB 1477 Cats and dogs; lifetime licenses.

Introduced by: Robert D. Orrock, Sr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Cats and dogs; lifetime licenses. Authorizes the governing body of a county or city to provide for a lifetime dog or cat license. The bill also removes the minimum annual tax for a dog or cat, sets the maximum tax for a lifetime license at $50, and limits the fee for a duplicate dog or cat tag to $1.

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HB 1588 Baiting of deer.

Introduced by: Jeffrey L. Campbell | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Baiting of deer. Allows a hunter, during deer season, to occupy a baited place or to put out bait or salt for deer for the purpose of taking or killing deer.

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HISTORY

  • 01/02/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101170D
  • 01/02/17  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 1877 Tethering of dogs; local ordinances.

Brenda L. Pogge (by request) | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Tethering of dogs; local ordinances. Authorizes the governing body of any locality to adopt ordinances limiting the amount of time during which a dog may be tethered.
Full text:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102166D  pdf

Status:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102166D
01/10/17  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 1900 Dogs running at large; civil penalty.

William J. Howell | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Dogs running at large; civil penalty. Prohibits dog owners from allowing dogs to run at large on the property of another after the landowner has given notice to the dog owner to keep the dog off of the property. The bill provides for a $100 per dog civil penalty enforced by animal control, conservation police, and other law-enforcement officers for each violation. Notice may be given verbally, in writing, with signs, or with blue tree markings.
Full text:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103022D  pdf

Status:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103022D
01/10/17  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 1938 Slingbow hunting; license.

James E. Edmunds, II | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Slingbow hunting; license. Authorizes the use of a slingbow to hunt small and big game when a hunter is licensed to hunt with a bow and arrow.
Full text:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103783D  pdf

Status:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103783D
01/10/17  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 1939 Hunting apparel; blaze pink.

James E. Edmunds, II | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Hunting apparel; blaze pink. Allows hunters to wear blaze pink instead of blaze orange hunting apparel when required during firearms deer hunting season or the special season for hunting deer with a muzzle-loading rifle.
Full text:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102104D  pdf

Status:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102104D
01/10/17  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 2255 Hunting of big game species; creates separate licenses.

James E. Edmunds, II | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Hunting of big game species; licenses. Creates separate licenses to hunt each big game species, as defined by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, instead of one license for all big game species.
Full text:
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102997D  pdf

Status:
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102997D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/16/17  House: Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources

HB 2381 Dangerous dogs; clarifies definition, etc.

C. Matthew Fariss | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Dangerous dogs. Removes the requirement that a law-enforcement officer or animal control officer apply for a summons requiring a dog owner to appear before a general district court when the officer has reason to believe that the dog is dangerous. In the case of a dog that has bitten a cat or dog, the bill requires investigation by an officer for certain exemptions from the definition of "dangerous dog" to apply and removes an exemption for good cause as determined by a court. In the case of a dog that has bitten a person, the bill creates an exemption when an investigating officer finds that the injury is minor and allows a court to use good cause as a reason to determine that a dog is not dangerous. The bill also reduces from 45 days to 30 days the period within which (i) an owner of a dog found to be dangerous is required to obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate and (ii) a convicted owner of a dangerous dog is required to comply with certain provisions. The bill contains technical amendments.

Full text:
01/17/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103592D  pdf

Status:
01/17/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103592D
01/17/17  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

HB 2450 Hunting license; own property.

James E. Edmunds, II | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Hunting license; own property. Requires a landowner to obtain a free hunting license to hunt on land that he owns. The bill directs the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt regulations to provide for the free license for landowners as well as for other groups that are currently exempt from the license requirement, including the landowner's family members or residential tenants and certain majority shareholders who hunt on land owned by a corporation.
Full text:
01/20/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103766D  pdf

Status:
01/20/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103766D
01/20/17  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


Virginia Senate 2017

SB 801 Dogs; public animal shelters required to notify intent to euthanize.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Public animal shelters; dogs; euthanasia. Requires a public animal shelter to notify any person or releasing agency of its intent to euthanize an abandoned dog, and to wait five days before euthanizing the dog, if the person or agency has requested the adoption or transfer of the particular animal. The shelter is not required to provide such notice if it has reason to believe that the dog has injured a human or the dog meets certain other specified conditions for euthanasia.

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SB 856 Cats and dogs; authorizes local government to provide for lifetime licenses.

Introduced by: Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Cats and dogs; lifetime licenses. Authorizes the governing body of a county or city to provide for a lifetime dog or cat license. The bill also removes the minimum annual tax for a dog or cat, sets the maximum tax for a lifetime license at $50, and limits the fee for a duplicate dog or cat tag to $1.

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SB 953 Muzzleloader firearms; definition.

Frank M. Ruff, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Muzzleloader firearms; definition. Incorporates the Virginia criminal law definition of a muzzleloader into the current statutory definitions of muzzleloading pistol, muzzleloading rifle, and muzzleloading shotgun located in the Game and Inland Fisheries Title.
Full text:
12/31/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102126D  pdf

Status:
12/31/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102126D
12/31/16  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
01/18/17  Senate: Rereferred to Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

SB 968 Hunting license; bear, deer, or turkey; electronic carry.

A. Benton "Ben" Chafin | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Hunting license; bear, deer, or turkey; electronic carry. Removes the requirement that a license to hunt bear, deer, or turkey be carried in paper form, allowing it to be carried by electronic or computerized means.
Full text:
01/03/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101294D  pdf

Status:
01/03/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101294D
01/03/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

SB 1147 Companion animals; changes penalty to Class 6 felony for cruelty to animals.

Bill R. DeSteph, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Cruelty to animals; companion animals; penalty. Changes from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony the penalty for torturing or willfully inflicting inhumane injury or pain to a companion animal, defined as a domestic or feral dog, domestic or feral cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit not raised for human food or fiber, exotic or native animal, reptile, or exotic or native bird. Current law requires that the animal die as a direct result of the torture or cruelty and that the companion animal is a dog or cat before the violation is a Class 6 felony.

Full text:
01/09/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102430D  pdf | impact statements
01/19/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104516D-S1  pdf

Status:
01/09/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102430D
01/09/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/17  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (9-Y 5-N)
01/19/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104516D-S1
01/19/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 1204 Sale of dog or cat not obtained from releasing agency or animal rescue.

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Sale of dog or cat not obtained from releasing agency or animal rescue. Authorizes localities to adopt ordinances prohibiting the sale in a business of any dog or cat that was not obtained from a Virginia releasing agency or a nonprofit animal rescue organization.
Full text:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102768D  pdf

Status:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102768D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/17  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 0-N 1-A)

SB 1218 Cats or dogs; killing of companion animals.

William M. Stanley, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Killing of dog or cat prohibited; penalty. Prohibits the humane killing of a dog or cat that is a companion animal unless the animal poses an immediate physical threat to a person or is in extreme distress and would suffer further as a result of a delay in seeking veterinary care. The bill makes a violation a Class 2 misdemeanor, with any subsequent violation a Class 6 felony. The bill exempts from the prohibition any veterinarian or other authorized person who euthanizes a companion animal under Chapter 65 (§ 3.2-6500 et seq.) of Title 3.2 of the Code of Virginia (Comprehensive Animal Care).

Full text:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103743D  pdf | impact statements

Amendments:
Senate amendments

Status:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103743D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/17  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (12-Y 2-N)
01/19/17  Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 1224 Landowner liability; recreational access.

Richard H. Stuart | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Landowner liability; recreational access. Provides that a landowner who has entered into an agreement with a public entity or nonprofit concerning the use of his land for public recreation shall be immune from liability to a member of the public arising out of the recreational use of the land.

Full text:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102744D  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102744D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

SB 1263 Cats and dogs; lifetime licenses.

Richard H. Black | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as introduced:

Cats and dogs; lifetime licenses. Authorizes the governing body of a county or city to provide for a lifetime dog or cat license. The bill also removes the minimum annual tax for a dog or cat, sets the maximum tax for a lifetime license at $50, and limits the fee for a duplicate dog or cat tag to $1.

Full text:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101857D  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101857D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/17  Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)

 

 

 
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