Personal flotation devices; requires children 12 and under to wear. (SB93)

Introduced By

Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk)


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, or Type III 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 $100. 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 enactment of the bill is delayed until January 1, 2011. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101099D
01/06/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2010Committee substitute printed 10104195D-S1
01/18/2010Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2010Read second time
01/20/2010Reading of substitute waived
01/20/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104195D-S1
01/20/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB93S1
01/21/2010Read third time and passed Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB93S1)
02/17/2010Placed on Calendar
02/17/2010Read first time
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
03/03/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2010Read second time
03/05/2010Passed by for the day
03/08/2010Passed by for the day
03/09/2010Read third time
03/09/2010Floor substitute printed 10105865D-H1 (Pollard)
03/09/2010Substitute by Delegate Pollard agreed to 10105865D-H1
03/09/2010Motion to refer to committee agreed to
03/09/2010Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
03/14/2010Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 14 minutes.