Personal flotation devices; requirements for children. (HB1250)

Introduced By

Del. David Poisson (D-Sterling) with support from 19 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Dwight Jones (D-Richmond), Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester), Del. Paul Nichols (D-Woodbridge), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Personal flotation devices required for children; civil penalty. Requires children 12 years of age or younger to wear a Type I, II, III, or Type V U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device on recreational vessels under 21 feet in length. The Director of Game and Inland Fisheries may assess any recreational vessel operator found in violation of this provision a civil penalty of up to $250. However, this penalty may be waived if the person completes a boating safety education course. All penalties collected are to be paid to the Motorboat and Water Safety Fund of the Game Protection Fund. The bill does not apply to a recreational vessel that is moored or anchored, or to children below deck or in an enclosed cabin. The bill defines "recreational vessel" as a vessel manufactured or operated for leisure or recreational purposes, or a vessel leased, rented or chartered for noncommercial use. "Recreational vessel" includes motorboats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and any other vessel capable of being used for transportation on water, when the vessel is being used for other than commercial purposes. This bill contains a delayed enactment clause until January 1, 2009. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088141688
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1250)
01/31/2008Assigned ACNRsub: #3 Chesapeake
02/06/2008Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2008Committee substitute printed 083976688-H1
02/07/2008Read first time
02/08/2008Motion to refer to committee agreed to (52-Y 47-N)
02/08/2008Read second time
02/08/2008 Motion to refer to committee agreed to (52-Y 47-N)
02/08/2008VOTE: --- AGREE TO (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/2008Motion to reconsider motion to refer to Appropriations agreed to (51-Y 45-N)
02/11/2008VOTE: --- RECONSIDER (51-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Motion to refer to committee agreed to (52-Y 43-N)
02/11/2008VOTE: --- AGREE TO MOTION (52-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/12/2008Left in Appropriations