Personal flotation devices; requires children 12 and under to wear. (HB168)

Introduced By

Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)


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 V U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device on recreational vessels. 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 10101041D
01/06/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/21/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB168)
01/27/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2010Read first time
01/29/2010Passed by for the day
02/01/2010Read second time
02/01/2010Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/01/2010Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/03/2010Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/04/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (3-Y 2-N)
02/16/2010Left 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 2 minutes.