Southwest Regional Recreation Authority; established. (HB1496)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Bowling (D-Oakwood)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Southwest Regional Recreation Authority. Establishes an authority for Southwest Virginia to create a multi-purpose regional recreational area similar to, and potentially adjoining, such areas in West Virginia and Kentucky. The recreational area might consist of various trails and other amenities on private open-space lands where members of the public could, for example, hunt, fish, boat, camp, ride motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles, ride mountain bikes, or ride horses. The Southwest Regional Recreation Authority would have various powers to manage the area by raising funds, employing staff, and adopting rules punishable by civil penalties. Landowners participating in the recreation area would be afforded a limited liability for persons engaging in recreational activities on their property. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2008Presented and ordered printed 088854436
01/17/2008Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/08/2008Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/11/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB1496E
02/11/2008Printed as engrossed 088854436-E
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/19/2008Reported from Local Government with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
02/21/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/2008Read third time
02/22/2008Passed by for the day
02/25/2008Read third time
02/25/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/25/2008Committee amendments rejected
02/25/2008Floor substitute printed 083049260-S1 (Lucas)
02/25/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2008Substitute by Senator Lucas agreed to 083049260-S1
02/25/2008Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB1496S1
02/25/2008Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008Placed on Calendar
02/27/2008Senate substitute agreed to by House 083049260-S1 (92-Y 0-N)
02/27/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1496ER)
03/03/2008Signed by Speaker
03/04/2008Signed by President
03/13/2008Governor's recommendation received by House
03/13/2008Placed on Calendar
03/13/2008House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
03/13/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
03/13/2008Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
03/13/2008G Governor's recommendation adopted
03/13/2008Reenrolled bill text (HB1496ER2)
03/13/2008Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
03/13/2008Signed by President as reenrolled
03/13/2008Enacted, Chapter 645 (effective 7/1/08)
03/14/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 645 (effective 7/1/08)
03/18/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0645)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB740.